Curious Martian Anomalies - Part XIV
by Richard Sauder, PhD

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Are we having fun yet? I ask, because I do these "Live Reports From the Sauder Zone's Mars Studios" mostly for fun-- and somewhat with tongue-in-cheek (though I do aim to present serious questions, finds, observations and hypotheses, as well). I truly enjoy looking at the many thousands of Mars photos, and finding anomalies and other interesting features. I also (mostly) enjoy the many, many e-mails I have received from people literally all over the Earth. (And by the way, I do not categorically rule out an other-worldly origin for some of my correspondents.) You write me from everywhere: England, Australia, Canada, Quebec, Belgium, France, Germany, New Zealand, Mexico, Panama, Brazil, the USA... It's all very interesting and many people make quite good observations, as well as sending URLs for Mars photos and other information I may not have seen. So thank you for your continuing interest and correspondence. Mars is a wonderful place and this installment of "Curious Martian Anomalies" will present new photos and ideas for your consideration.
For the last couple of months I have been busy finishing my sizzling new book, "Underwater and Underground Bases: Surprising Facts the Government Does Not Want You to Know!" (Ordering information is available on my website -- see the link above.) Now that it is finished I can once again turn my analytical gaze Mars-ward.
Some people wrote to criticize my proposal, in Part XIII, that there are geysers at the South Pole of Mars. People told me that the features that appear to my eye to be geyser-like are actually just angular rocks and angular shadows, or angular ice and angular shadows - - but certainly NOT geysers. Such a thing would be unthinkable, in my critics' estimation. One person even went so far as to accuse me of being a disinformation agent for the NSA! At least I think that is what he meant. I was not sure whether I should feel insulted or flattered, so I wrote to him for clarification. But he didn't respond. Oh, well.
Another correspondent asked me if I thought that we are subject to mind control (we being all of us - - the members of the present world society). I replied in the affirmative and added some remarks about my views regarding the holographic nature of reality and - - WHAM! Outta there! My correspondent disappeared on me - - no forwarding address. So, for all of those who may have similar questions, here is my frank opinion: YES. Mind control programs are ubiquitous. Some of them are very large, noisy, extremely violent and ancient. Do the words Christianity, Islam and Judaism ring a bell? How many millions of people have been slaughtered over the last two to three millenia by these three "religions" alone, for their refusal to conform their minds (and bodies) to the alleged dictates of Yahweh, Jehovah or Allah? Yes, the supposed "holy" book in one hand (Torah/Bible/Koran), and a sword, musket, burning stake or assault rifle in the other. And then we have electronic mind control these days -- television, the internet and the radio are full of propaganda. In addition there are all the chemical additives in our food and water. These chemicals have a profound effect on our minds and the biochemistry of our brains. Add to that the clandestine mind control programs such as the CIA's now (in)famous "MK-Ultra" program which appear to be ongoing and pervasive. In my book, "Kundalini Tales", I present page after page of patents for real mind control technology. Things such as patents for electronic devices that can beam a voice right into your head, or remotely monitor your brain waves, digitize them, alter them electronically and then rebroadcast them back into your brain. I don't exaggerate - - that is the reality in the year 2001. Instead of arguing with me, get a copy of "Kundalini Tales" and read it. (Available on my website -- see the address above.) Educate yourself, and then ponder whether you can be sure that the thoughts you are thinking are really your own, or whether they are the thoughts that the technocratic elite (so-called) want you to think, so that you will daily go meekly, lemming-like into your little cracker-box of a corporate cubicle - - like a cow compacently entering her stall twice a day to be rigged up to a milking machine.
This is no digression. The topic of mind control has everything in the world to do with the control of information coming from Mars. I continue to encounter many, many bad hyper-links, missing photos, extremely degraded photos, whited out, and blacked out photos. Malin Space Science Systems may have announced that they have posted 57,500 Mars photos to the net, but many of those photos can definitely qualify as "non"-photo photos. Either they are missing entirely, or totally or nearly totally devoid of discernible, visible detail, such that interpreting them is rendered all but impossible. My point is that it is hard to think about or talk about something you cannot and have not seen. Mind control, ipso facto.
On to the photos. Back to "Mr. Zfitzzz"'s find of the geyser-like features. (And let me note here that "Mr. Zfitzzz takes no firm position on what these features are -- it is I who am raising the geyser hypothesis - - which by the way was suggested to me by yet another correspondent.)
Click through to the narrow-angle view. Perhaps we are looking at mere "ordinary" shadows, as my critics have proposed, however, in defense of the geyser hypothesis permit me to present the following possible mechanism for geysers in the Martian polar regions. We are told that the Martian polar regions contain large amounts of frozen carbon dioxide (dry ice), and also water ice. During the Martian winter it is exceedingly cold at the Martian poles. In the spring, as the temperature rises, the dry ice sublimates back to a gaseous state, pumping huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the Martian atmosphere.
We already know from the thousands of wet-looking seeps that are apparent in the Mars photos that there may be abundant water just below the surface of Mars. One possible mechanism for having polar region geysers thus involves the build-up under pressure of deep underground carbonated water, i.e., water saturated with carbon dioxide, until its explosive release, when the polar dry ice cap sublimates in the spring. Shake a can of soda pop, then pop the top and: Pffssshh!! You have a cola geyser, because soda is flavored carbonated water, i.e., a solution of water and carbon dioxide. All I am doing is speculating on the basis of known fact and repeated observation: 1) there is a lot of carbon dioxide on Mars; and 2) there is plentiful evidence of what appear to be water seeps. If the seeps are indeed water sources, then it is possible that the water is saturated with carbon dioxide, given the predominance of atmospheric carbon dioxide. If the water contains solutes, then its freezing point could be substantially lower than 32 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on what the solutes are. If this should prove to be the case, then it is thinkable to imagine briny, carbonated water geysers on Mars, that erupt with the change in seasons, or even on a diurnal cycle, as the comparatively warm Martian days alternate with the much colder Martian nights.
Maybe this hypothesis has merit; maybe it doesn't. But I think the possibility of carbonated water geysers cannot be automatically excluded. That said, maybe my critics are right. Maybe the terrain is indeed rocky, and the rocks cast shadows. But maybe there are also carbonated water geysers. Maybe both are true.
Or maybe both my critics and I have missed the mark. Maybe we both are misperceiving what is actually there. Maybe we are seeing something else entirely. What could that be? I don't know! Mars is another world and it is full of surprises, because whatever you think you know, based on your experience here on Earth -- guess what? Mars isn't Earth. It's very different, and none of us ought to make too many hard-and-fast assumptions, because at the end of the day, none of us have been there to see close-up and in person the things we are discussing. So, why don't we have a little fun, look at the photos, put forth our ideas and hypotheses, and see where it leads? As to the question of whether there can be liquid water on Mars, one of my correspondents sent me the following URL:
Levin and Levin argue persuasively that liquid water, and hence life itself, are possible on Mars. Read through their paper and ponder their conclusions. Quoting from the abstract:
"A model for the diurnal presence of precipitable micron amounts of liquid water over large areas of Mars is presented. The model is consistent with the thermodynamics of the triple point of water. Viking and Pathfinder meteorological data are congruent with the model, as are Viking Lander images of deposits of water ice-frost and snow on the ground. The amounts of soil moisture predicted by the model are within the moisture content range of terrestrial soils in which the LR detected living microorganisms."
Got that? Mars' soils may have as much water moisture in them as do some terrestrial soils in desert regions on Earth. And even in deserts we find springs and oases, i.e., liquid water and LIFE.
Which brings me back around to one of my favorite Martian topics: water and associated life forms. Mars used to have oceans and rivers and lakes. Those were the days of long ago yesteryear. Today we must content ourselves with seeps. But it does seem that there is liquid water on Mars.
And Life. What about life? My personal bias is that there is life on Mars, the more so when I look at a photo like the following, which "Mr. Zfitzzz" called to my attention. The wide-angle context shot first, followed by the narrow-angle.
This is way down south in the polar region. What are those dark splotches spreading over the surface? I am not sure, however they do look biological. They appear life-like. Indeed, they somewhat resemble the colonies of microorganisms that cover the agar in a Petri dish in a biological experiment. Those of you who have grown cultures on agar in Petri dishes will have seen things that are reminiscent of the way the dark "splotches" in this image appear. To be sure, the dark "splotches" might simply be the underlying rock and soil poking through the overlying dry and water ice.
However, let me make a case for the possibility that we are looking at a life form here. First of all, the crab-like appearance of the "splotches" has a biological feel to it. Because human beings are biological organisms wired to interact with other biological organisms we spontaneously recognize other life forms when we see them. My initial impression when I looked at these dark "splotches" was: "Hmmm, looks like it could be alive." Looking down at these things is like looking at the tangle of roots and branches of a mangrove swamp in an aerial photograph. Perhaps the Martian polar regions are hospitable places for some Martian life forms. How so? Well, a plant-like life form might do very well there. Plants require three things for photosynthesis: 1) water, 2) carbon dioxide and 3) photons to drive the reaction (sunlight). It is probable that all three are present in this picture. Dry ice is nothing but pure carbon dioxide, and the Martian atmosphere has plenty of carbon dioxide, too. Water ice is simply frozen water. And there are lots of photons visible here -- or the photo could not exist. So the essential elements required for plant life are very much present on Mars.
To be sure, there is the matter of the very low temperatures at the Martian poles. However, solutes can greatly lower the freezing point of a solution, including the fluids in living organisms. I hypothesize that if what we see in this photo are Martian life forms and not a geological feature, that they have evolved a means of counteracting the bitter cold by means of "anti-freeze" solutes that permit them to flourish in an environment that would be formidably cold for most terrestrial organisms.
There is the further question of COLOR. One of my correspondents pointed out to me that we truly do not know the colors that we are seeing in these photos. NASA/JPL/MSSS have conditioned us to to think of Mars in tones of black and white and grey, or maybe red. Period. That's it. But what if Mars is really more colorful than that?
Suppose that the color of these splotches is really a deep, dark, vivid, vibrant, oh-so-alive GREEN!
Click through to the following wide-angle image, and then to the narrow-angle image.
The narrow-angle shot is a big file. Let it load and toward the bottom, you will see two or three big, long, starkly clear, very wet looking "seeps" that run down the side of the crater. In the photo they look black. Suppose they are really a dark, rich GREEN? Suppose these are seeps, but that associated with the seeps there are simple, algae-like plants? You can see something like this on Earth -- occasionally you will see a large concrete culvert that has a small trickle of water running down the side. Everything around it is a vast expanse of dry concrete. But right there at the trickle of water is a long tongue of bright green algae. Perhaps we are seeing something like that in these Martian photos. Similarly, we look at this wide-angled photo and see the white crater set in a field of dark black. It looks black and so we think it is black. What if it is not black, but GREEN? What if there is plant life there?
Let me caution you that if you don't like this idea that it is not entirely my fault. It was originally the idea of one of my correspondents. But I like it, I really do. Suppose that these dark "splotches" we have been looking at, and these long dark, wet streaks are actually GREEN? That would be a huge NASA/JPL/MSSS cover up, if true, wouldn't it? Or if not dark green, perhaps dark orange or purple or red? There are photosynthetic pigments of those colors too.
That's it for now. More to come at a later date.


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