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Re: NASA-JPL May Have Cooked Their Own Goose! -

From: Ray Stanford <dinotracker.nul>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 17:17:03 -0500
Fwd Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2004 05:01:50 -0500
Subject: Re: NASA-JPL May Have Cooked Their Own Goose! -

>From: Paul Anderson <paulanderson.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 12:07:19 -0800
>Subject: Re: NASA-JPL May Have Cooked Their Own Goose!

>>From: Ray Stanford <dinotracker.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 15:50:55 -0500
>>Subject: NASA-JPL May Have Cooked Their Own Goose!

>>NASA-JPL has diagnosed the 'blueberries' as concretions formed
>>within a wet substrate. Aside from a few of the spheres and at
>>least one textbook splash-form dumb bell-shaped small object that
>>seem to be composed of translucent glass possibly knocked up and
>>frozen in flight by cosmic impact, my examination of many images
>>of the 'blueberries' taken under diverse light angles suggests
>>that they are right as to the origin of at least most of the


>I think Ray might be right in his assessment. There are so many
>of these things; the soil all around the crater rim and bedrock
>is covered with them. They might be concretions all right, but
>why so many of them, as compared to most earthly examples? The
>vast number of them may itself indicate biological involvement,
>a fascinating idea. Could so many have just eroded out of
>bedrock in the normal sense? Squyres himself has said in earlier
>JPL briefings that some spherules come from the bedrock (we can
>see that) but that many probably do not. If the rover goes out
>onto the flat plain and the plain itself is covered with them,
>then what? Some of the pancam images I've looked at so far seem
>to hint at that, but they may be clustered just around the
>crater(s), we don't know yet. But soon now we will see. They
>could still be just "normal" concretions, with no biological
>involvement, but I think this hypothesis is an interesting
>possibility at this point, that should not be dismissed too

>There are also similar ideas now regarding zinc spherules on
>earth that can be created by colonies of microbes:


>Also, in this new Astrobiology Magazine article, they mention
>how even the sulfate-eating bacteria can produce round spores
>when they go dormant, with a photo of one, although those are
>probably a lot smaller, not sure (no size indication given). It
>includes quotes from Benton C. Clark who was in the NASA press
>conference panel and seems rather open-minded to the possibility
>of Martian life, at least in this form (see below):




Thanks for your comments and the interesting links, Paul. I have
many dinosaur (and other) tracks that are literally 'armored'
with iron compounds associated with the bacterial colonies that
once covered their surfaces. It does an excellent job of
recording them as fossil tracks.

On occasion when crossing a stream when searching for Early
Cretaceous tracks and trackways, I come across the tracks in
clay of my own wading boots, from an earlier visit. When my boot
tracks are old enough and the waters have been calm for a good
while (no extreme flooding), I observe that, already, a thick,
reddish (from the action or ferrophagic bacteria) bacterial
slime already has begun to armor my tracks with iron compounds,
hopefully to be found by some paleoichnologist in the incredibly
distant future. Perhaps those denizens of the future will
realize that those were the boot tracks of a human so very long
ago, but will they ever decipher the words imprinted on the in
step, "Le Chameau", if they don't recognize the outline of a
camel within the brand logo? :)

Perhaps they will intellectually 'squint' at it as through a
poor quality lens, even as one might 'squint' at the UFO
mysteries and wonder, not comprehending who or what has passed
our way.

Ray Stanford

"You know my method. It is founded upon the observance of
trifles." -- Sherlock Holmes in The Boscombe Valley Mystery

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