Odd Things Encountered On Mars' Surface

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Here's a few more from the Curiosity archives, showing objects, with vaguely plant or tree-like appearances (plus one, which looks a bit like a decorative plate or shield).

Almost certainly pareidolia, but how I wish an astronaut could stroll over, maybe pick the object up and examine it with their own eyes.

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I thought the first one looked vaguely cactus-like.
Must admit that the vast majority of claims for Martian life, including gorillas, lizards, rats, traffic-lights, skulls, cannon balls etc. are downright silly, but I would dearly like to know how erosion can explain stalk-like objects emerging from the sand, sometimes with lateral branches.
 

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I thought the first one looked vaguely cactus-like.
Must admit that the vast majority of claims for Martian life, including gorillas, lizards, rats, traffic-lights, skulls, cannon balls etc. are downright silly, but I would dearly like to know how erosion can explain stalk-like objects emerging from the sand, sometimes with lateral branches.
Pic 4 looks like the head of a buried Cyberman
 

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I can't help wondering if that Ewok-y thing is actually two different rocks, one a rather phallic pillar, and the other one (or other two maybe?) a separate rock altogether, lying behind the pillar, thereby creating that vaguely humanoid illusion. I've done my clumsy best to illustrate what I mean below....

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I can't help wondering if that Ewok-y thing is actually two different rocks, one a rather phallic pillar, and the other one (or other two maybe?) a separate rock altogether, lying behind the pillar, thereby creating that vaguely humanoid illusion. I've done my clumsy best to illustrate what I mean below....

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Its the dancing gopher from 'caddyshack'

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Found one more strange object, suggestive of vegetation, as spotted by Curiosity back in 2013.
Does look somewhat like a pale plant stalk or flower pistil curling out of the soil.

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I did wonder if it was some sort of crystal deposit (quartz?).
But, on Earth certainly, crystals generally grow in geometric patterns with straight sides, rather than curling, as appears in the photo.
 

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Fulgurites can be produced by an asteroid impact - which may be more likely on Mars.
Still not sure that fits with the curled shape though.
 

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Lightning is mostly very weak on Mars because of a thin atmosphere.
The atmosphere was a lot thicker in the past, and there were ancient oceans, so there'd have been a lot more weather. Fulgurites are effectively glass, which will persist over geologic eras (glass'll break down slowly in moist conditions, but most of Mars has been dry and cold for a very, very long time).
 

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Hmm. Interesting stuff. Seems like Curiosity may be showing a distinct lack of curiosity.
 

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Curiosity snapped this rather odd, wedge-shaped object.
It's approximately 3 x 2.5 metres, is of notably darker material than the surrounding terrain and appears to have sharply delineated edges.

Some rather silly claims in the article, but the object surely merited a closer look by Curiosity.

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https://anomalien.com/the-wreckage-of-the-alien-ship-was-discovered-by-a-researcher-on-mars/
Looks like an open-topped boat.
Left over from a previous, long-dead civilisation.
 

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Looks like an open-topped boat.
Left over from a previous, long-dead civilisation.


Crikey, Mytho, it does indeed. It's even got the little wooden cross-pieces to sit on while you're rowing. Remarkable, if it is just a simulacrum. If they got in closer, maybe we would be able to see the rowlocks (matron!)
 

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Curiosity snapped this rather odd, wedge-shaped object.
It's approximately 3 x 2.5 metres, is of notably darker material than the surrounding terrain and appears to have sharply delineated edges.

Some rather silly claims in the article, but the object surely merited a closer look by Curiosity.

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https://anomalien.com/the-wreckage-of-the-alien-ship-was-discovered-by-a-researcher-on-mars/
I get the impression that it is like a hole that has appeared at the top of a collapsed underground chasm, leaving remnants of a kind of torn apart upper surface structure in view through the dark hole.
 
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