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Re: Mars Online Gazette - The Monolith Graveyard -

From: Asgeir W. Skavhaug <asge-s@online.no>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 09:39:58 +0200
Fwd Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2001 07:04:02 -0400
Subject: Re: Mars Online Gazette - The Monolith Graveyard -


 >From: Kurt Jonach <ewarrior@electricwarrior.com>
 >Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2001 01:14:22 -0700
 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@sympatico.ca>
 >Fwd Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2001 19:01:52 -0400

 >Subject: Mars Online Gazette - The Monolith Graveyard

<snip>

 >Mars is an enigma, rife with things that just shouldn't be. One
 >of the most enigmatic features outside of the region known as
 >Cydonia has to be the grouping of large "stone" blocks found in
 >MGS MOC image M01-02950. After analyzing this image extensively,
 >it occurred to me that the features appear to be huge monoliths
 >that are partially buried, possibly by snow and sand, hence the
 >name "Monolith Graveyard." This area near the northern pole may
 >very well exhibit some of the best evidence of possible
 >artificiality on the planet's surface. The monoliths stand like
 >cryptic sentinels guarding the secret past of Mars.
 >As you can see in the map projected JPEG image that accompanies
 >the MSSS download page, the objects initially appear to be
 >triangular in shape. Dr. Tom Van Flandern recently featured this
 >image in a simulcast address to the National Press Club. It is
 >unfortunate that he chose not to look at the deeper research

<snip>

 >Could this be evidence of a long extinct technological
 >civilization? Until more precise data becomes available, we can
 >only speculate. I believe, however, that this feature is truly
 >anomalous, resembling all too closely ancient ruins found here
 >on earth. Are they the remnants of some long forgotten temple,
 >or perhaps the Martian equivalent of an ancient observatory such
 >as Stonehenge? It will likely be decades before we learn the
 >truth. Even so, this area may prove to be one of the best
 >candidates for artificiality that is currently being researched.


Kurt & List:

There are at least _two other_ interpretation possibilities of
this photo:

http://www.electricwarrior.com/mol/mogMonolithNoMap.jpg

and one of the explanations is also mentioned here:

http://www.electricwarrior.com/mol/index.htm

"(...) In an email message posted to the Net, Dr. David C. Pieri
from the Earth and Space Sciences Division of JPL questioned
both TEM's analysis and image processing. Pieri said the
positive relief of the disputed feature is an optical illusion.
That is, the feature is actually concave or popped-in, not
popped-out. With appropriate image processing the "glass worm
illusion vanishes, and we're left with a fairly mundane
image.(...)"

Thus, suggested interpretations are as follows:

1. The sun's chasing shadows _in the_ 4-5 o'clock direction,
    and from a low angle; i.e., the features are 'popped-out'

2. We see the features' dark side as the sun shines
    from a high, undetermined angle, maybe from above
    'somewhere'; i.e., the features are 'popped-out'

3. The features are actually concave or popped-in (something
    which also seemed to be the case regarding 'The Face'
    feature), maybe due to 'a swarm' of meteor (meteorite)
    impacts _from the_ 4-5 o'clock direction, and from a low
    angle (just a simple explanation/example).

So, the sun's angle should be determined, to possibly exclude
no. 1 or 2.

To, possibly, exclude no. 3, or no. 1 or 2, stereoscopic photos
should also be provided.

I think there's no dominating evidence which favours explanation
no. 1, thus, no 'evidence of a long extinct technological
civilization' - yet...


Best Regards,

Asgeir







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