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Subject: Re: VERY unusual Mars geological features
From: meredith lamb mlamb1@..........
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2000 22:37:40 -0700

Edward Cranswick wrote:

> Meredith-
>     I have enough problems without worrying about the MARTIANS!!! ...
> but I am glad that someone from the PSN is keeping an eye out for them.
>     Forced to make a statement commensuate with the honor of
> "geoscientist", I would say that the worms are lava tubes, but then
> again, maybe some spaced-out nerdess/nerd at JPL is running wild with
> the VR software. The worms, and the pinyon pines on the alluvial fan are
> certainly fascinating, though. Thanks for the tip.
>     Let me know when global warming begins to cook us.
> -Edward

YO!.....Edward (ha),

OK....think I have the answer to the "worms"....they are sand dunes at
the bottom of canyons/gullies.  I looked at some adjacent high
resolution photos, and so, I think the mystery is solved.  See:

The top picture is also a sand dune area, but the "spots" are guessed
to be a iron oxide or other composition reaction.

Do you take orders for pizza's there at USGS??  (ha....I couldn't
help myself, you ornery cuss!)

Meredith Lamb


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