Love and Light.
MARS STRANGE BIO-LIFE-2
September 6, 2008
Joseph P. Skipper
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This report is a supplement to the last Report #145 and covers the same
subject matter. That means that this report depends on viewer familiarity
with that previous reporting content, so go back to that report at the link
provided here if you are unfamiliar with that report's content.
In that last report, we covered MRO evidence that is viewer friendly and
viewer verifiable in the science data browser compatible .jpg imaging to
make sure that there is no doubt about the verifiability of the evidence.
This report covers some of the same major form evidence but now drawn from
the higher quality JPEG 2000 or JP2 imaging that is not browser compatible
and requires jumping through hoops via the installation of Java and the
proprietary IAS Viewer in order to verify it in the official science data.
Just to give you an idea of the difference between the browser compatible
.jpg and this non browser compatible JP2 imaging, the Report #145 science
data .jpg source image file size is 13.9 MB while the JP2 downloaded file
size for this Report #146 in Windows is 892 MB taking over an
hour-and-a-half download time on a broadband connection. In other words, the
JP2 image is a whopper at slightly over 64 times the file size of the
browser compatible .jpg image.
Now that does not actually translate into 64 times the resolution but it is
a considerable improvement allowing closer views of the evidence. Further,
the less often examined JP2 image, in this particular strip's case, has less
image tampering in it to obscure information than the more commonly
available .jpg images.
In my opinion, the use of the proprietary JP2 files and the special IAS
Viewer serves two basic purposes. Most obviously and in theory it provides
scientists and academics that do not have graphic software programs on their
systems with a fairly simple ready made free download and view capability
after jumping through download and installation hoops. However, that is
essentially only a view the data the way they want you to see it capability.
Now why isn't that a surprise.
This ignores the fact that there is a very good free graphics software
program called GIMP with the greater versatility of full view, correction,
and image manipulation capability similar to PhotoShop that is also
extensively used by scientists, academics and university systems and can be
used by everyday people as well. The science data could have been presented
in the more common .jpg, .gif, .png, or .tif, file formats that graphics
software programs can recognize and deal with. However, then the observer
would also be able to independently sharpen and clarify evidence as well as
rotate and flip it for examination. Now why isn't it a surprise that the IAS
Viewer software will not allow that.
So the complexity and difficulty of the JP2/Java/IAS Viewer hoops
effectively act as controls and barriers to more in depth examination of the
science data rather than enhance the experience. Even most scientists or
academics scanning the data will tend to choose the more obfuscated browser
compatible .jpg data to avoid the hoops complexity just as will the great
bulk of general viewers. So the barrier hoops also act as psychological
tactic that bends interested parties away from better more complete
examination. Chance, incompetence or intent? You be the judge.
The above first image demonstrates mixed together in the same scene both of
the most major forms of evidence in the previous reporting. That would be
the pit evidence in the center of this image and the parallel ridge form
very light reflective evidence extending from the upper left corner to the
lower right corner edges. You should know that higher ground is represented
in the lower left corner and lower level terrain is in the upper right
corner. The evidence spans across and down the length of a long cleft in the
terrain extending far out of sight to the left and right of this scene.
This means that any shallow water presence here flows from the bottom of the
image toward the top. That in turn means that our orientation view
perspective isn't a very good or comfortable one here. We're sort of looking
from the top backside of the site from bottom to top perspective. I could
have flipped the image to provide a better perspective but I didn't dare
because the perspective changes again with other evidence sites in this
strip where the slope angles change and I did not want to add confusion for
anyone checking and verifying the evidence behind me in this JP2 image.
The pit and ridge form evidence visually speaks for itself here if you are
familiar with my previous reporting. What I really want to draw you
attention to in this scene is the many small narrow parallel striations
complete with dense knobby patterns within them on the top side of the pit
and ridge form evidence that could not be seen in the previous report's
browser compatible .jpg imaging. They are still very distantly seen but this
is another new now apparent aspect of the bio-life presence on the downhill
shallow water flow side. Note this new evidence's absence on the elevated
opposite near side slope (bottom left) dominated by the ridge forms.
The above second image provides a closer view mainly of the pits area in the
first image and the knobby parallel row striations evidence. Note that the
pit walls appear to be made up of some kind of darker color finely textured
knobby living growth. Let's face it, it is pretty hard to pass any of this
off as some form of strange inanimate geology. What I suspect is happening
here is that the row striation growth in the top of the image is in the
process of overwhelming and engulfing the heights of the now mostly defunct
deteriorating pit evidence and via this foothold is making a little inroad
into the ridge form evidence as well.
The above third image demonstrates of section of a long line of the pit
evidence jammed up side by side against each other. Note the lesser ridge
form evidence on the near side and the even more faintly seen small parallel
striations evidence on the nearer side of that. On the other hand, please
again note the absence of an ridge forms or striations evidence in the up
slope terrain above the line of pits and how rough and porous that higher
level terrain looks.
Here the view is of the higher terrain in the top of the image working
downhill across and dropping down the cleft and into the lower level terrain
in the bottom of the image. Any underground water table presence would be
flowing down this terrain from the top of the image to the bottom. This
orientation of the sloping grade in this site area also provides a more
comfortable view perspective.
Now I want you to take special note of the way these pits back walls snug up
against the back cliff wall of this cleft system. Remember that the higher
level terrain is in the top of the image and the lower level terrain is in
the bottom of the image meaning any water table presence would gravity flow
from the upper level terrain to the lower level. That would include emerging
from some point in the cliff back wall height and flowing down it.
With that thought in mind, note how high the pit back walls are as they snug
up flush to this cliff wall relative to the opposite near front pit walls.
What is going on here is that the pits aren't just pits digging into the
cleft line bottom but mainly constructs building up plastering to the cliff
back wall. In other words, what I'm referring to as pits for the lack of a
better term are likely forming vertical water filter systems against the
cleft's cliff back wall and any water presence is probably coming through
those pit back walls as opposed to over them.
The above fourth image provides a closer view of a section of the line of
pits. Here what I want you to do is look very close and primarily take
special note of the surface texture patterns that are most pronounced on the
pit back walls as they press against and conform to the cliff wall. Note
that this texture pattern is for the most part confined primarily to the
back walls and that is also where the pit shape is the most well defined as
compared to the more irregular side and frontal areas.
Note that the frontal (near side) areas are considerably lower than the back
walls and essentially open. The point in this latter observation is that the
purpose of these pit formation, just as with the parallel ridge form
formations, is not to hold onto water indefinitely but to pass it through
their filtering systems. In other words, via these vertical formations (and
horizontal systems in the case of the ridge forms), their purpose is likely
to filter some organism out of the Mars water that sustains their life.
.............Photo by: Austin Reed
Pacific Wildlife Foundation
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A very rough parallel example here on Earth might be something some what
similar to the purpose a whale's baleen as shown in the above left 5a image
serves in filtering tiny organisms like plankton as shown in the above right
5b image as well as krill, fish, etc. from Earth's ocean waters. Of course a
mobile whale cruises Earth's oceans to place itself where the organisms are
more plentiful to feed and then moves on while the Mars evidence finds a
strategic location in the Mars terrain and permanently plants itself there
to feed as long as the conditions permit.
Note that here on Earth, a great variety of coral polyp colonies also place
themselves permanently in strategic locations in Earth's oceans to filter
sustenance from tidal water flow passing over their fixed positions and
forming massive reef systems in the process. This begs a question. Is this
Mars bio-life evidence some form of ancient coral polyp colony life adapted
over the ages to less and less water on the planet's surface? It's a
The texture pattern on the pit back wall is typical of this bio-life
evidence when in contact with water. All over Mars ice mass after ice mass
is transformed into surface texture patterns similar to this. You'll see
another example of this in the last 9th image in this report. However,
remember that we are talking about water ice in a solid state and not
pooling liquid water. This type of evidence in its various derivatives
cannot form in this way within pooling water but can have a limited presence
in water ice solids.
The main thing that is happening here is that this "pit" life form plasters
itself to the back wall acting as a filter system as evidenced by the
location of the pronounced texture patterns. However, because this formation
is vertical, very tall, and gigantic in size against the back wall, it
likely requires reinforcing in order to maintain this massive vertical
When pooling water is not present, reinforcement is accomplished by periodic
buttresses forming at 90? angle to the back wall forming the pit side walls.
The two buttress wings then wrap around and join in the lower level frontal
area forming the pit looking shape and to some extent a secondary water
filter in the pit frontal area. The giant pit evidence you are looking at
here in this strip is no doubt very old and very long established.
The filtered water makes its way through the pit line primary and secondary
filter systems out into the downhill lower level terrain below the line of
pits. There the ridge form and smaller striation evidence form to take
advantage of this. However, unlike this kind of evidence in the next image
below, they cannot get all that large or plentiful because the nutrients in
the water have been reduced in the process of coming through the line of
pits in the cleft filter systems leaving them with poorer residual feeding.
The above sixth image moves us on to a better look at some very large ridge
form evidence and the associated but smaller striation evidence. As you can
see, the very light reflective ridge forms are huge and obviously the most
Here, once again, higher terrain is in the bottom of the image and lower
level terrain is in the top of the image. Any water presence would be
flowing from the bottom of the image through the ridge form and striation
evidence areas. Again, sorry about this orientation perspective but I did
not want to flip the image to provide a more comfortable view and risk
creating confusion later for those trying to check behind me in the JP2
I suspect that the ridge form evidence here specializes in forming where
water flow is perhaps a little more intense and the down hill slope just a
little more gradual relative to where the more vertical orientation pit
evidence adaptation is best suited. The horizontal configuration handles
these factors a little better. The main ridges are high and parallel to each
other and are all oriented in the same direction as the water flow. The
water is channeled between the ridges and through the blocking rib filtering
systems you can see in the troughs between the ridges that prolongs water
contact and thereby the filtering process.
The smaller striation evidence, also oriented in the same down hill
direction, makes due with the left over water after it comes through the big
ridge form filter systems. It is unclear whether the giant pit and ridge
form as well as the smaller striation bio-life evidence are all the same
merely taking on different configurations to adapt to different sites or
whether they are all different species that feed in the same way by
filtering water. Either way, a point to made here is that water and its
content is the key.
The above seventh image provides a closer view of the light reflective ridge
forms. As you can see very well here and as you know doubt have already been
noticing, each of the many ridges has a knife sharp top that looks very much
like the sail fin of some ancient creature or a serrated knife blade.
Unfortunately the parallel row striation evidence in the image top area did
not benefit that well from the closer view because they are just too densely
packed to be able to pick out any real individual detail.
Obviously this is not inanimate geology but bio-life of some strange kind at
work and almost certainly cooperative colony life. It is no accident or
coincidence that the pit evidence, the parallel linear ridge form evidence,
and the smaller parallel row striation evidence clusters to this crack or
cleft system in this terrain right where water table presence would tend to
collect as it moves via gravity from elevated terrain across and down the
cleft and into the slightly lower level terrain the other side of the cleft.
The above eighth image demonstrates the end of the long line of the giant
size light reflective parallel ridge forms. As you can see, they are no
longer packed together side by side in density but now more spaced out from
each other, isolated, and getting progressively smaller as the eye moves
from left to right. On the other hand, the also much smaller parallel row
striation evidence can now be a bit better viewed. Note how the base of the
striations on our near side tend to anchor in the terrain along a well
defined boundary line just as the ridge forms do.
Could the striation evidence be a precursor form of the giant ridge form
evidence or just another different life form able to take advantage of and
competing for any water presence in the cleft system? At least the higher
detail of the MRO imaging and absence of so much image tampering has allowed
us to now be aware that the smaller parallel striation evidence does exists
where the ridge form evidence exists.
I doubt that the secrecy agenda meant for that to happen likely preferring
to believe that no one would figure this out and just pass off this
collective evidence as strange and inexplicable. However nothing is
inexplicable, only in need of understanding.
Still think you are looking at some kind of strange geology? Again, remember
that all of the above evidence is clustering to the long terrain crack or
cleft system. Likely underground water on the higher terrain side of the
system is flowing down hill into the cleft. As it flows toward the cleft
system and the lower level terrain on the other side, all this evidence is
capitalizing on this water presence and filling this niche. Remember, life
always finds a way.
When the flow is stronger in the cleft area, more dependable, and down a
more gradual slope, the ridge forms dominate channeling the water down slope
through rib systems that radiate out at 90? to the main ridge forms as seen
in the ridge form troughs as seen in the 7th image. On the other hand, when
the flow is less but still dependable and coming down a little more vertical
slope in the cleft, the pit evidence grows its filter system plastered
against the vertical cleft wall on the up slope side establishing irregular
buttresses all along the filter walls giving a pit like appearance as they
wrap around irregular and lower profile on the down slope side.
The above ninth image demonstrates a round hole in the terrain with light
reflective water ice all over its bottom area. This is one of the several
holes of water in my previous Report #145. This sample demonstrates that
there is underground water presence in this general terrain and not too far
below the surface.
More importantly, note the texture pattern in the ice that could not be
adequately seen in the previous Report #145 .jpg imaging. This is what I
mean when I describe that ice mass after ice mass surface is more often than
not transformed in this way all over Mars. Note that some of the patterns in
the upper part of the ice take the shape of defined closed cells while some
of the patterns in the lower part of the ice take the shape of parallel row
Almost certainly the ice mass is elevated a bit where the closed cell
structures are located. Where the many parallel linear ridges are located is
lower level with a down slope to it. When the ice melts on the upper level
surface due to environmental warming and/or solar impact, water runs down
these ridge channels to return into the terrain at the near bottom sides of
Likewise, look closely and take special note of the dark color texture
pattern on the hole's walls from the 12:00�3:00 O'clock positions or upper
and right sides. Note that it is the same as on the back walls on the line
of pits, just on a smaller scale here in this long hole. Now note that this
dark texture pattern evidence is not present anywhere else along the hole's
Without a doubt where this texture pattern is located is where the water is
entering this hole through the underground water table and this is where the
dark texture pattern filter system is at work plastered on the vertical
walls. The filter system is thin and not buttressed up here. Why? Because
water has pooled in the bottom of the hole and the buttresses cannot form
I realize that all the concepts presented here and in the previous report
are very new and strange to the Earth human experience that will without a
doubt encounter knee jerk psychological resistance. However, this is of
course a different world with its own unique developmental paths. Surely you
scientists and academics knew that there would be differences and sometimes
dramatic ones even as there are similarities?
Instead of reacting with fear and preprogrammed disbelief, think of it as a
unique opportunity to explore something really new and determine its merit.
Don't leave this to amateurs to steal your show. Remember, an increasingly
aware audience of intelligent people now measuring in the millions around
the world are watching you and waiting on you. No response or involvement at
all merely condemns you and your community to irrelevancy.
This link takes you to the
official science data HiRISE MRO PSP_008641_2105 image strip page at Arizona
State University. This is the official site and it has both the browser
compatible .jpg imaging used in my last Report #145 and the not browser
compatible JP2 source images used here.
Remember that the JP2 images are not browser compatible and will require the
official "IAS Viewer" installed on your computer and to do that will also
require an updated form of JAVA. The evidence in this report was drawn from
the "JP2 Products (Download)" section in the right vertical column and the
image there has a listed file size of 935.4 MB. That image download was
about 1.5 hours in Windows via a fast broadband connection with an actual
final file size of 892 MB. I thought it was worth it.
NOTE: If you aren't able to work with the full JP2 image strip, you can
still take a decent look at both the pit and ridge form JP2 evidence as
browser compatible. At this official site, there is a large black and white
image of the pit evidence in a section in the right vertical column
labeled"Subimages in this Observation." Likewise there are nine false color
images of the ridge form evidence from 800x600 pixels to 2560x1600 pixels in
the section in the right vertical column labeled "Wallpaper." I did not draw
any evidence from these but they are drawn from the JP2 imaging and are
Joseph P. Skipper, Investigator
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