seasoned opinion some Mars images seem to show what may be or may have been
mining on the surface. Officially most of these
are referenced as "Exhumed craters" by MSSS, a naming indicative of a well
tuned sense of irony, and a term which I find to be a most revealing and
befitting; Exhumed by whom?
Who is mining Mars?
Perhaps we need to be! The mineral wealth of an entire planet lies
before us, wide open to our satellite eyes.
M0401289 The Coppermine.
When shown with a couple of earthen examples,
we can see some fair amount of familiar similarities, the result is
Inside the blue box above is what appears to
be very intricate structure along the bottom rim. In the green box is a pit mine in Nevada,
and in the orange box at top is the stunningly
similar Copper pit at Ajo AZ.
MSSS certainly took a particular interest in this
feature, as can be seen by their composite image of the entire "crater" seen
here, they call it "bullseye" in the file name. Click the image for a great view
of the area via their released presentation page.
Interestingly like the Kennecott Mine in Utah
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Here's another pit of questionable origin.
I've often surmised that mining has been going
on in many places on Mars' surface. One day soon maybe it'll be us,
or maybe it was. I did this comparison in a mere few minutes
research, when will we wake up as a whole and realize that things are
sometimes not at all as they are supposed
I've found other areas very similar to the
above. layered pits, appearing to be
artificially extracted, let's view them.
This one's E05-01626
Don't miss the other interesting goodies about
besides the pits...
Click thumbnail below for
Now let's get a bit more specific again
Click image below for high res
and for a nearly indisputable case, look at the layered
striations dug out of this next pit
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This image has absolutely strikingly terraced extraction
trenches, and till piles
What would these trenches look like from a lot closer?
No, that's not some secret Mars image from a black
satellite, it's an aerial view of a strip mine.
Now let's see
another Martian example, this one in color courtesy of Dr. Neukum/ESA/Mars
Now let's look at it from the side
Remarkably similar. By all appearances, someone has been practicing opencast
mining on Mars.
Don't take my word for it, take a stroll around earthen
mining sites with Google Earth, and then go to MSSS,
or the Themis and Mars Express websites, Explore Mars, see for yourself
This look at possible mining is far from over, I continue to search for
In fact, we've hardly scratched the surface
return for updates.
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