• MAA-041: Ruins of a Settlement? #2

- Image Analysis Report

Image Analysis Report


MAA Report Ref: MAA-041

Report date: August 2019

Research Status: Open - Possible artificial construction

Description: Ruins of a Settlement #2
Approximate size: 70-80 m / 230-260 ft

Mission: HiRISE/MRO
Location: Atlantis Chaos

Found by: Javed Raza

Image date: Aug 2010
Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive

Image source: https://www.uahirise.org/ESP_019103_1460


The square artificial-looking "walls and ruins" appear convincing when they are viewed in isolation. But a study of the surrounding geological terrain reveals two factors that negate the likelihood of them being artificial:

1. The straight edges that make up the square structures, run parallel to widespread linear striations in the landscape that are clearly of a geological nature.

2. There are many more similar-shaped features that are more mound-shaped and rounded, up to 400 metres and beyond the target location. These more prevalent structures appear to 'grow' from the more obvious square structures, which strongly suggests they share a common geological origin.


Further image analysis done by J Raza and G Haas, appear to reveal 'eroded cubicle structures', which may increase the possibility that these structures are artificial.


Possibly eroded mounds of rock/sediment that are beginning to form a kind of tessellated pavement structure.

MAA-041.1 - "Artificial Constructs on Mars...or Natural Geology", Mars Archaeology Archive report poster.

MAA-041.2 - Examples of square-shaped/polygonal terrain features in Atlantis Chaos

Image source: https://hirise-pds.lpl.arizona.edu/download/PDS/EXTRAS/RDR/ESP/ORB_019100_019199/ESP_019103_1460/ESP_019103_1460_RGB.NOMAP.JP2