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Image of the Day - 28

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Crushed Arcology Complex Ruins? / Schoner Crater / Mars

Arcologies are massive self contained habitations that can house substantial populations a town or city contained in a single building. The following poster shows the possible crushed remnants of an ancient arcology complex in Schoner Crater. Like other huge grid structures on Mars it appears to have been buried by sediment millions of years ago and is only now being exhumed by erosion. This Schoner Crater gridwork of walls is more raggedly eroded and less geometric than similar examples in Western Agyre or the Hellas Basin. However, if the complex IS an arcology, what is left to see now is only the most vestigial ruins of something that was once far more impressive. The residual grids of walls in the Schoner complex are surrounded by outer shells that are indicated by the green arrows. In arcology terms these strange features may be all that remains of an enclosing domed structure. The MRO imaged the Schoner complex twice. This enabled a 3-D anaglyph to be made that is stunning when viewed through blue/red cellophane glasses. A link to this 3-D image can be found by clicking on this "stargate" µµµ

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