Exploration of Cape York - Vol 5 - Page 12

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hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: February 11, 2013 2:58 PM 

Sol 3214 ( Feb 7, 2013 ) MI closeup panorama:

with links to 3D pairs.

and

Sol 3212 ( Feb 5, 2013 ) 3D of RAT brush on rock Fullerton:

with link to infrared / visible enhanced difference false color version.

I think the "golden berries" ( yellow / yellow in infrared / visible ) are new.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: February 17, 2013 1:25 PM 

Sol 3208 ( Feb 1, 2013 ) colorized MI panorama of Whitewater Lake:

with location link

Sol 3214 ( Feb 7, 2013 ) colorized MI panorama of RAT brush of Whitewater Lake:

with location link.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: February 23, 2013 3:35 PM 

Sol 3224 ( Feb 17, 2012 ) colorized MI closeup panorama of RAT brush on rock:


with location link and 3D pairs.

The parallel features do not appear to be bedding planes, wind tails or flow lines.

Other possibilities?

John Henry Dough


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PostPosted: February 23, 2013 10:41 PM 

Carbon dioxide reaction?,,just guessing,,
looking forward to the RAT grind,,this is hard face fractured,,,RAT brush did little more than transfer some if its properties
to the stone.
Fantastic

I wonder what the Red is?

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: February 23, 2013 11:10 PM 

The colorized MI panorama was a "quick and dirty" bi-linear ( 4 points ) registration, so the the bright red areas are places where the shadows in the pancam and the MI are not properly registered.

Also, I used the 3D offset MI images to construct the MI panorama so there are more stitching distortions than usual.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: February 25, 2013 11:05 AM 

Sol 3230 ( Feb 23, 2013 ) 3D false color of rocks and soil on Cape York:

with location link.

John Henry Dough


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PostPosted: February 25, 2013 3:33 PM 

I notice instantly that the above x-eye has much less of the ''over effect'' where the opposite side of an object falls away falsler.
Fore ground yes,,but much much better in middle and top of x-eye..
SIGH,,,now I can go back and really look at the photo,,thanks big H

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: February 26, 2013 1:21 AM 

Rocks in various stages of decay. (Interrupted and preserved?)

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: February 27, 2013 12:23 AM 

Nice view of the hill. Those rocks remind me of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.

What is that dark rock all by itself?

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: February 27, 2013 11:22 AM 

Sol 3230 ( Feb 23, 2013 ) false color 3D of rocks and soil of next science target "LiHir" after "scuffing":

with location link.

This is the same target as in reply 226.

Perhaps the plan is to study the rock rinds closer?

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: March 2, 2013 1:02 AM 

Looks like a crystalline coating.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: March 6, 2013 7:32 PM 

Sol 3240 ( Mar 6, 2013) panorama of Kirkwood outcrop on Cape York:

Oppy has moved back to the best outcrop of new berries.

Apparently the plan is to "streak test" the berries with the RAT to see if there is hematite in the coating. ( See the latest Planetary Society MER update for details. )

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: March 6, 2013 10:01 PM 

Sol 3239 ( Mar 5, 2013 ) colorized MI closeup panorama of Lihir rock:

with location link.

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: March 6, 2013 10:18 PM 

Horton, thanks for that panorama and the link to the PS MER update.

With regard to the latter, one doesn't find "dinosaur bones" if one doesn't look for them. If I had been running the show, I would have thoroughly explored the immediate vicinity of the newberries first to see their different manifestations, and gradually ranged more widely to find their limits, but then I'm not a geologist.

From the MER report, it would seem they are not considering a biological explanation for the newberries. I guess they would need to rule out the several geological possibilities first, but now it seems they are pressed for time, so the new berries may remain a mystery for the present. Hopefully they will see more of them when they get to Cape Tribulation (though that name sounds ominous to me).

It is quite interesting that the berries are apparently made of the same "stuff" as the surrounding rock. That should rule out some of the possibilities.

MPJ


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PostPosted: March 7, 2013 3:33 AM 

Barsoomer, fully agree with your post above. Me too, while reading the MER report from the planetary society, smiled and thought to myself: you(and subsequently we all) will never really know what those newberries are all about. I think they should face it: Opportunity at its present condition is nothing much more than a luxury mobile webcam on Mars anymore. They really should use it to hunt for fossils - so hopping around and close-up imaging rocks and soil and see what comes by... Smile

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: March 9, 2013 3:02 PM 

Sol 3240 ( Mar 6, 2013 ) 3D of crushed rock "Spanish River" in rover track:

with location link.

I am a bit surprised that Oppy didn't back up and examine this rock more closely before moving on.

Perhaps the push is to wrap up the Cape York study and press on.

J. Chris Campbell


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PostPosted: March 10, 2013 1:02 AM 

Those rocks are floating? Is that what you mean?

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: March 10, 2013 7:44 PM 

Sol 3240 ( Mar 6, 2013 ) panorama of rock pile on Cape York:

with 3D links.

Er, what process created the pile?

And here and here are some months old rover tracks. I think we would know a lot about Mars if we knew what caused the striations on the rocks in the second picture.

Er, J. Chris Campbell, What I find interesting about the shattered rocks in reply 236 is that they are shattered - not just "broken". Also there are interesting complex curved surfaces on several of the the shattered pieces with hints of a different mineral coating. Also they are quite "white". So, what mineral behaves this way?

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: March 11, 2013 2:23 PM 

Sol 3240 ( March 6, 2013 ) 3D infrared / visible enhanced difference false color of broken rock "Spanish River":

with several detail links.

My favorite detail is:

Note that there are only a few small stones of hematite ( red / blue ( infrared / visible ) ) in the picture.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: March 12, 2013 10:38 AM 

Sol 3246 (Mar 12. 2013 ) 3D of "cave" in Kirkwood rock:

with location link.

Notice the "white stuff" on the ledge in the "cave".

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