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No. 136: JUL-AUG 2001

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The Forests Of Mars

The Web is a source for all manner of speculation, such as the following:

Recently, some new images have come to light, courtesy of Graham Orme, taken by MGS [Mars Global Surveyor] in 2000 near the Martian south pole, of more unusual landforms which for all the world look like large-scale vegetation of some sort or possibly ancient coral, as has also been suggested. Is this really evidence of macro life, past or present, or just another form of unusual geology, which Mars is becoming known for?

(Anderson, Paul; "The 'Forests of Mars': Biology or Exotic?" http://geocities.com/erasproject/marsforest.html (Copy), April 4, 2001. Cr. D. Phelps.)

Comment. Claims of Martian vegetation go back almost a century. The so-called "wave of darkness" that moves toward each Martian polar region with the advent of spring was claimed to be due to greening vegetation. See AMO3 in The Moon and the Planets.

From Science Frontiers #136, JUL-AUG 2001. � 2001 William R. Corliss

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