The Slidden Center
This is the center and highest point on the D&M as seen in ESP_042318.
This point is estimated to be elevated somewhere around
1.25 km. On it we get to see the dichotomy between the smooth intact casings
on the steep southern and western facets and the rough and uncovered area on the northeastern facet. This image answers the question
"How many licks does it take to get the the center of the D&M Pyramid?" The answer is... one- if that lick happens to be a tidal wave over
a km tall. On this exposed northeastern facet we see layer upon layer of exposure, and the material that collapsed from this area is just
below it on the hill, right above the False Corner. To have dislodged this huge chunk of surface would have taken an enormous force, and a
monstrous tidal wave would fit that bill entirely. Notice where the water penetrated through here and came out the southeast facet about
100 or so meters downslope from the top edge, removing casings, leaving gully streaks down that entire facet. A spring coming out of the
D&M (such has been seen elsewhere proving water on Mars) at this elevation is less feasible than any origin I'm proposing for these gullies.
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Picture this- a highly populated super advanced culture
builds a survival structure certain they'll never use it, only to have that
dashed to pieces as suddenly they're faced with a civilization ending catastrophe heading their way. Imagine the ensuing chaos and futile
desperation as millions of inhabitants try to gain entrance. No disaster movie made could come close to portraying this scene accurately.
Will we one day dig into the D&M to find it is not only the largest known pyramid in the solar system, but the largest mass tomb as well?
The Slidden Center displays a remarkable amount of the
D&M's interior cellular structure, and the curious dichotomy of the south
smoothness and the corner's rough angularity. I took the area from the color version and spun the image around, with the eastern arm
of the D&M along image top and the apex at the top right corner, looking westward at the eastern facet. Downslope is down.
Now let's look at the entire Eastern Wall.
Image ESP-042318 was taken at a slight (5.8°) emission angle, so rotating it this way doesn't produce a perspective view. Being nowhere near as
oblique as the 31.2° angle we got of the Western Wall, it allows a fairly straight down view at the eastern side. This side took the brunt of the
wave that wiped and buried it. This may turn to be a bit to our advantage, because it allowed us to see a remarkable detailed interior structure.
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