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PYRAMID WITH A GRID

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This feature is located in the Hirise image: PSP 010281 1510. 

The image covers a portion of an ancient crater called "Columbus Crater."
Columbus crater is particularly interesting to scientists because CRISM data they have collected indicates the presence of hydrated materials, clay, and sand.  It is believed that this crater is the site of ancient lakes that once existed on the surface of Mars.

The gridded pyramid and many of the features around it were discovered by "theerdd".  This is his youtube video which alerted me to this feature:

  

Viewed from this angle, it appears the pyramidal form (in the upper right corner of the image) has been cut out of the cliff face:

 

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Viewed at other angles, it appears the pyramidal form may be just beneath the cliff face on the ground:

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I am on the lookout for objects which may have artificially suggestive features, and pyramids have that.  This particular pyramidal form has a few extras in that regard.  There is an exposed grid that seems to be cut into at least one face of this pyramid: 

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The main grid itself, appears to be contained within a cut square on one half of the pyramidal face:

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The split appearance that we see in this well-lit face of the gridded pyramid is much like the split faces of the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt.

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In 1940, a British Air Force pilot named Groves discovered the concavity when flying overhead and took this photo:

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The split-nature of the faces of the Great Pyramid (as well as its concavity) are invisible from the ground, so it had not been noticed until that time.

The Ikonos satellite also captured the split-faced appearance of the Great Pyramid in this photo:

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Just below the apex of the gridded pyramid, there is another interesting form.

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This object seems to have smooth and regular surfaces which are distinct from the surface of the pyramid.

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The larger area which encompasses the gridded pyramid is also interesting, especially for anomalists who have studied the possibility of intentional landscape art on Mars:

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The gridded cliffside pyramid is located in close proximity to a landscape face which is extremely similar to the landscape faces we have seen presented by Neil DeRosa and others:

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Here is the nearby landscape face with a "key."  This particular face virtually cuts its own key.  The shadows show just where to black out the remaining landscape:

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Here it is in a larger context image.  Notice how the landscape face stands out against the surrounding landscape: 

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Moving back closer to the gridded pyramid, there are other shaped landforms which may depict faces, such as this oval shaped form:

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There are other small faces in the landscape in this image, not far from the gridded pyramid.  Note also, the pyramid-like triangles in the upper middle of this image:

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There are other pyramidal forms in the near vicinity of the gridded pyramid, including one just below the gridded pyramid, which is most easily visualized from this view:

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The remains of yet another small one - (or perhaps just the eroded base of one)

very close to the gridded pyramid is here: 

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There is a spiralling landscape to the right of this little pyramid:

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There are some other forms near our small faces worth seeing.  Perhaps some of these landforms were once small pyramids as well:

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In the larger area, moving away from the gridded pyramid, there are some large mounds which bring to mind highly eroded, disintegrating pyramids:


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The boulders on these forms, and on the ground nearby, may be ancient blocks weeping out of the pyramid as it turns to sand.  Note that these blocks do not appear in the landscape at large - but are mainly centralized around these pyramidal/mound forms:

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Ancient Egyptian pyramids show similar wear patterns.

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Better examples of close-up debris patterns may be found on Wayne Herschel's website.  Wayne Herschel has advanced this theory with regard to the face at Cydonia.

 

Of course, in comparison, the gridded pyramid is very smooth:

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Take a closer look at some of the typical terrain in the area, for further comparison:

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If the gridding is a natural geologic occurrence, I would expect to find similar grids in the nearby landscape.  I have found no other grids in the area.  However, I have found straight lines which may compare to some extent with the grid.   These straight lines cutting throught the rock can be found in two other locations.

This is one:

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And this is the other, although it has fewer lines:

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A closer look at the second one is interesting.  It brings to mind the possibility of an artificially altered area.  Is it possible there are sculptural elements cut into the cliffside here as well?  Perhaps something similar to the sculpture cut at Abu Simbel?  Unfortunately, there is not enough detail here to know for sure:

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If the gridded pyramid is accepted as artificially created, then the landscape faces may have been artificially created as well.  I think this find is significant in that the close proximity of the landscape face to the gridded pyramid lends credence to that idea.  And if this is all true, then our best way to study the ancient culture of Mars (until we can go there) is through the analysis of the landscape faces which we find nearly everywhere on its surface. 

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Special thanks to theerdd for this discovery; and to Wayne Herschel for the block pattern debris concept which he previously advanced with regard to the Cydonia face.  Hirise images courtesy of NASA/JPL/University of Arizona.  Egyptian pyramid comparison images courtesy of Looklex and Tore Kjeilen
 

Raw Images Courtesy of NASA and ESA.  Special thanks to EVERYONE who has contributed in the search for Mars anomalies.  Also thanks to Google, Picasa, ImageShack, and Photobucket. 
 
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