• MAA-002: The D&M Pyramid

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Image Analysis Report

IMAGE DETAILS

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.

OBSERVATIONS

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 affect 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.

COMMON EXPLANATION

A remnant massif formed by geological erosion.

MAA-002.1 D&M Pyramid - Geometric perspective - MGS/THEMIS 2001/2003

Image credit: NASA/JPL/MSSS

Image source: https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA04745

MAA-002.2 D&M Pyramid - Mars Express 2006 (colour) & MGS/THEMIS 2003 (b/w)

Image credits: (top & lower right) ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G Neukum) CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO; (lower left) NASA/JPL/MSSS

Image sources: (Mars Express, top & lower right) http://spaceinimages.esa.int/Images/2006/09/Cydonia_region_colour_image

(MGS/THEMIS, lower left) https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA04745

MAA-002.3 D&M Pyramid - Viking 1976

Image credits: NASA/JPL; digital enhancement by Mark J. Carlotto

Original image source: http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/image/planetary/mars/f035a72_processed.jpg

Enhancement image source:

http://carlotto.us/martianenigmas/Articles/vikDM/vikDM.shtml