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Re: Those 'Canals' On Mars

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2011 14:44:44 -0600
Archived: Tue, 04 Jan 2011 08:52:59 -0500
Subject: Re: Those 'Canals' On Mars


>From: Ray Dickenson  <r.dickenson.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
>Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2011 05:02:13 -0000
>Subject: Those 'Canals' On Mars

>Was just watching part of one of Carl Sagan's commentaries on
>astro-fizz:

>http://tinyurl.com/3xktdex

>'Cosmos Pt 5 - Blues for a Red Planet'

>where he was talking - somewhat patronisingly - about the
>observations of Mars by  Giovanni Schiaparelli and subsequently
>by Percival Lowell.

>It suddenly struck me that, from photographic evidence, Mars has
>an extremely changeable surface, even viewed over recent years.

>Which, given the evidence of partly submerged networks of
>"Tubes" covering much of the Mars terrain - see

>www.perceptions.couk.com/magic3.html#start

>could mean that when Schiaparelli and Lowell were observing
>there _were_ visible networks on the surface of Mars.


Though it pains me to have to agree with Sagan about anything,
he's right: the "canals" _were_ optical illusions of the sort
generated by the mind's effort to make sense of ambiguous
stimuli.

Late 19th-C. astronomers who participated in the controversy
were far from unanimous in detecting canals on the Martian
surface.  There's no reason, in other words, to think the
"canals" once existed but later vanished.

In the interest of full and shameless plug, my most recent book,
Hidden Realms, Lost Continents, and Beings from Other Worlds,
details the canal controversy in the chapter "The Not-So-Dying
Race: Martians Envisioned and Encountered."  Another discussion
can be found in Thomas E. Bullard's recent The Myth and Mystery
of UFOs (University Press of Kansas).


Jerry Clark



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