Largest known pyramid in the solar system.
This feature is the paragon of Martian archaeology. Two
objects come to mind first when considering artificial structures on the red
and one of them is its neighbor. While the Face can be seen as a silent sentinel gazing out from this magnificent region of ruins, The D&M is
irrevocably what this sentinel bears witness to and stands guard over. More than a kilometer tall, the pyramid towers above the surrounding
plains of Cydonia. It is the keystone, the true ark, a thing built to survive the cataclysmic eons and bear testimony to we who came later of the
sheer majesty, power, technology, knowledge and history of the ancients. It is the absolute bearer of fact that Mars once had a civilization, as
well it bears the tragic record of the apocalyptic destruction of a highly advanced civilization that may have once inhabited our solar system;
a dark & mysterious history more incredible than is constrained by what we think we know about this whole other world, even about ourselves.
This history we are now beginning to put together. For the longest time we simply did not have adequate imagery to dive down in and explore
with any magnitude. With that in mind, back in 2007 I requested HiRise images of it. Year after year passed by and while I was returned many
other great images with extremely curious features such as the "Candor Tetrahedron" which I'd requested as well, and of course coverage of
nearly every other major feature in Cydonia; somehow and for no good reason this one never showed up. Long story short they're here now.
And they are good. One is highest resolution, the other
is a little lower but nonetheless fantastic stereo pair taken at a slightly
click images for a larger version from the HiRise site
Over the years many people have written many things and
done much study on this thing as pertains to its shape, location, what it points
the geometry contained, even the sigillic significance or lack of all above. I defer all that to simply say let's take a look at what's down there.
To do this I'll make use of an image map because this thing is huge and we know it takes a lot of big pictures to see a giant scheme of things.
I'm using ESP_042595 for the map, the detail page images
will come from either. With
at 30 cm res and ESP_042595
at 50 there's
not much difference except for the opposing angles both were taken from; ESP_042318 slightly from the East and ESP 042595 from the West.
Some people are image map noncomprehensive, so here are the links to the individual pages for them
When we settle Mars we're going to dig into it. It is after all our heritage, our destiny, our history.
Next is a page full of some great individual feature sites for us to start on once we get there
Consider: this pyramid and its surroundings are
and were subjected to a major catastrophe, as if a large body of water
from the NNE had at some time swept violently through the area, scouring and burying, gathering debris in all the corners and wiping some
out entirely. This is especially evident along the eastern and northern sides and most the way up the D&M itself on those sides. The eastern
and northeastern sections appear to have gathered a large debris field that didn't come from the D&M, but was emplaced there. The damage
displayed makes more sense in this light, as well the better preservation of finer surface features and corners on the South and West sides.
After surviving a solar system wide catastrophe as well as eons of sandblasting wind and Martian style erosion, it is by no means pristine.
when viewing this area you need to put on your aerial archaeologists hat more than any other and peer past the ages to what it once was.
Thanks to the wonderful art of Andrew Currie, that's not such a difficult thing to do at all, he caught it right at the edge of the Cataclysm.
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