MAA-002: The D&M Pyramid
- Image Analysis Report
Image Analysis Report
MAA Report Ref: MAA-002
Report Date: July-August 2017
Research Status: Open - Possible building/monument
Description: The D&M Pyramid
Approximate size: 3 km
Mission images/dates: Viking Orbiter 1976, MGS 2001, Mars Express 2006
Location: Cydonia Mensae
Found by: Vince DiPietro and Greg Molenaar
Image credits: (See image captions)
Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive
Image sources: See image captions. Also, further detailed images are available as a Gigapan by Keith Laney at http://www.gigapan.com/galleries/13462/gigapans/190739 and from the HiRISE catalogue page
https://www.uahirise.org/ESP_042318_2210, where a stereo image can also be viewed.
Like every other unusual formation on Mars, this stunning feature too may have been caused by erosion. But this formation, perhaps more than most, should also provoke the question "What would a constructed monument look like after 100,000 years or more of erosion?" We must ask how many layers of dust, sediment and ice would have changed and distorted its original shape? What effect would giant tsunami's and meteoric bombardment from a planetary catastrophe have had on its structural integrity?
POTENTIAL FOR AN ARTIFICIAL STRUCTURE
It has a unique five-sided, symmetrical shape. The explicit geometrical form suggests intelligent design.
A remnant massif formed by geological erosion.