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Large Spirals found on Mars!!

 
Nostril Domus
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Large Spirals found on Mars!!
This is freaky looking. Almost look manmade.


Hundreds of large spirals have been discovered on Mars, and scientists think the coiled features are evidence of a type of lava flow never before seen on the red planet.

If so, the spirals would suggest that volcanoes—not ice floes, as other experts believe—shaped an unusual area near the red planet's equator.

Athabasca Valles is a region of flow channels and valleys covered with terrain plates, structures that show clear evidence of something fracturing and drifting across the planet's surface millions of years ago.

Scientists have been divided, however, as to whether the plates were made by the hardening of a massive lava flow or by icy "rafts"—much like Arctic pack ice—from an ancient inland sea.

(Related: "Lava, Not Water, Made Mars 'Riverbed.'")

Now, high-resolution pictures of Athabasca Valles from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed 269 coils up to a hundred feet (30 meters) wide.

"There are no known mechanisms to naturally produce spiral patterns in ice-rich environments on the scale and frequency observed in our study area," study authors Andrew Ryan and Philip Christensen write in a new paper in this week's issue of the journal Science.

Instead Ryan and Christensen, of Arizona State University, think the coils are most similar to features seen in smooth, slow-moving Hawaiian lava flows.

"Everything that we have observed in Athabasca Valles can be formed by lava. Although you could attribute certain features to ice, the lava coils indicate that this is not the case," Ryan told National Geographic News in an email.

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[link to news.nationalgeographic.com]

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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
so where's the evidence of volcanism causing this on OUR planet?
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
so where's the evidence of volcanism causing this on OUR planet?
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Must be a Mars thing, us Earthlings would understand it!
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Fibbonacci spirals seem to be connected with life.
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Here is one found in Hawaii in 1974.


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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Fibbonacci spirals seem to be connected with life.
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Just blew my mind!
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
cool
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
bump
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Copy paste from that other site from that other user who used to be well known here.

Not hating, congratulating.. Was going to do the same.
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Copy paste from that other site from that other user who used to be well known here.

Not hating, congratulating.. Was going to do the same.
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Huh?
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
so where's the evidence of volcanism causing this on OUR planet?
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Must be a Mars thing, us Earthlings would understand it!
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Not to mention the difference in gravity, and how that would make a lava flow differently. Also the wind can be WAY more powerful on Mars than here...
I love physics. It bonds us eternally, it's what makes our computers work, it's what's in my morning cup of coffee, it's the thing that keeps the universe from vanishing due to lack of belief...
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Honestly, these look more like fossils. Don't they?
I love physics. It bonds us eternally, it's what makes our computers work, it's what's in my morning cup of coffee, it's the thing that keeps the universe from vanishing due to lack of belief...
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Honestly, these look more like fossils. Don't they?
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What ever it is, looks strange for sure.
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Maybe a clue as to what the water was doing before it was evaporated.
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Honestly, these look more like fossils. Don't they?
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That would be some huge fossils.
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
so where's the evidence of volcanism causing this on OUR planet?
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spock
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Looks like an elephant skin, atleast to me:)
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Fibbonacci spirals seem to be connected with life.
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Yup. We are all just swinging on spirals...
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bump
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
weird, some are clockwise and some counterclockwise
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
weird, some are clockwise and some counterclockwise
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I noticed that as well...scratching
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Whoa great find Op. I don't think volcanic activity caused this.
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Whoa great find Op. I don't think volcanic activity caused this.
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And you're obviously not a Phd trying to ensure more funding for his program, like this guy is. If GLP bought a chair at a couple of universities you'd be amazed at what might get found.
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Whoa great find Op. I don't think volcanic activity caused this.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2273534


And you're obviously not a Phd trying to ensure more funding for his program, like this guy is. If GLP bought a chair at a couple of universities you'd be amazed at what might get found.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 15146129


[link to azstarnet.com]

Ha ha...grad student. Not even a Phd. Get your term paper on the internet for an "A". Ah, the patina of respectability.
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
so where's the evidence of volcanism causing this on OUR planet?
 Quoting: Mordier L'eft


Must be a Mars thing, us Earthlings would understand it!
 Quoting: Nostril Domus


Not to mention the difference in gravity, and how that would make a lava flow differently. Also the wind can be WAY more powerful on Mars than here...
 Quoting: GeekOfTheWeek


How is this possible when Mars supposedly has a very thin Atmosphere!?

I'm sure all have seen the huge duststorms and little dust-devils on Mars' surface,this should'nt be if the 'Mars has very little Atmosphere' theory were to be correct,no?
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Thank you for sharing that OP!

Those spirals are Fibonacci..incredible!

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The thing that hath been,
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and that which is done is that which shall be done:and there is no new thing under the Sun.
Ecclesiastes 9:1
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
They are also Double-Spirals!

This is amazing!
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and that which is done is that which shall be done:and there is no new thing under the Sun.
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5 *'s And a Pin it!blobr

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The thing that hath been,
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and that which is done is that which shall be done:and there is no new thing under the Sun.
Ecclesiastes 9:1
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Thanks for the pin request!
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Oh, cool. These spirals are predicted by this gyre theory that someone posted on GLP a coupla months ago:

[link to www.mdpi.com]
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Re: Large Spirals found on Mars!!
Check out this video of the Shapes!


[link to www.youtube.com]

This is amazing!

There are also Pentagrams,Hexagrams,Squares,Triangles and other strange formations.

This is beyond confusing.
The thing that hath been,
is That which shall be;
and that which is done is that which shall be done:and there is no new thing under the Sun.
Ecclesiastes 9:1

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