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- Gary Proffitt
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- Jan 22, 2014
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NEW watch and enjoy my new youtube video spotlighting Quadrata Martis, click below
Beautiful and stunning larger map, click below
There has been much speculation about the possibility of canal systems on Mars as
well as more recent suggestions that faces have been observed upon its surface and if we
look at our own species and the effect that great environmental stresses create on the
cultural beliefs and behaviours of civilisations that rely on regular crops to survive then we think of the many ancient South American cultures that went to great lengths to please there gods with many religious undertakings and also the great faces there were carved with primitive tools on Easter Island when there civilisation
faced extinction which inevitably came to end there lives.
In this image we not only find proof that indicates some form of intelligent management of the land but another of the aforementioned "Faces of Mars" placed in the middle of this
very interesting area and though very eroded, we can still make out the face with eyes, nose and a mouth and it appears that they had a large forehead which would go hand in hand with there ability to survive and manage on this now forbidding Planet Mars.The origin of this
species is very difficult to either find or believe but it would not be impossible to imagine that they may of been descendants of a visiting crew that became stranded there
or they may of been placed there on purpose or be the result of evolution on Mars itself but one thing is for sure, there can be
no doubt that there must of been intelligent life on Mars at one time and one that was not too dissimilar to our own!
The history books may need rewriting once again
if you read this notation on the subject of
the canals of Mars theory that is found in the following article on the matter from wikipedia!
Some people went so far as to propose the idea that the canals were irrigation canals built by a supposed intelligent civilization on Mars. Percival Lowell was a strong proponent of this view, pushing the idea much further than Schiaparelli, who for his part considered much of the detail on Lowell's drawings to be imaginary. Some observers drew maps in which dozens if not hundreds of canals were shown with an elaborate nomenclature for all of them. Some observers saw a phenomenon they called "gemination", or doubling - two parallel canals.
Other observers disputed the notion of canals. The observer E. E. Barnard did not see them. In 1903, Joseph Edward Evans and Edward Maunder conducted visual experiments using schoolboy volunteers that demonstrated how the canals could arise as an optical illusion. This is because when a poor-quality telescope views many point-like features (e.g. sunspots or craters) they appear to join up to form lines. In 1907 the British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace published the book Is Mars Habitable? that severely criticized Lowell's claims. Wallace's analysis showed that the surface of Mars was almost certainly much colder than Lowell had estimated, that the atmospheric pressure was too low for liquid water to exist on the surface, and he pointed out that several recent efforts to find evidence of water vapor in the Martian atmosphere with spectroscopic analysis had failed. He concluded that complex life was impossible, let alone the planet-girding irrigation system claimed by Lowell. The influential observer Eugène Antoniadi used the 83-cm (32.6 inch) aperture telescope at Meudon Observatory at the 1909 opposition of Mars and saw no canals, the outstanding photos of Mars taken at the new Baillaud dome at the Pic du Midi observatory also brought formal discredit to the Martian Canals theory in 1909, and the notion of canals began to fall out of favor. Around this time spectroscopic analysis also began to show that no water was present in the Martian atmosphere.
Mars surface by Mariner 4 in 1965
The arrival of the United States' Mariner 4 by NASA in 1965, which took pictures revealing impact craters and a generally barren landscape, was the final nail in the coffin of the idea that Mars could be inhabited by higher forms of life. A surface atmospheric pressure of 4.1 to 7.0 millibars (410 to 700 pascals) and daytime temperatures of −100 degrees Celsius were estimated. No magnetic field or Martian radiation belts was detected.
William Kenneth Hartmann, a Mars imaging scientist from the 1960s to the 2000s, explains the "canals" as streaks of dust caused by wind on the leeward side of mountains and craters.