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>>> Morphological Biosignatures and the Search for Life on Mars
>> "Determining the location of potential paleobiological repositories
> on Mars requires an understanding of the martian surface in
> terms of elemental abundances and mineralogy. This variety
> of hematite on Earth forms only in the presence of large amounts of
> water, and typically at elevated (hydrothermal) temperatures
> (Christensen et al., 2000)."
>http://geology.asu.edu/jfarmer/pubs/pdfs/morpho.pdf>>>>> "It is this common association of microbes and iron
> deposition on earth that has spurred hopes that robot
> crafts exploring the hematite anomaly of Mars' Meridiani
> Planum might find evidence for ancient life. The
> hematite deposits of Meridiani Planum , regardless of
> their exact origin, are considered to be a favorable host
> for microorganisms that might have been associated
> with their formation ."
>http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2004/pdf/1369.pdf>>>>> The Stromatolites of Stella Maris, Bahamas
>http://www.theflyingcircus.com/stella_maris.html>> Endurance Crater
>>>>> Microbolites in the Geologic Record
>> "Whereas internal morphology indicates the accretionary nature of
> growth, the external morphology of stromatolites can be used to infer
> conditions in the environment in which the stromatolites grew. For
> still-water environments, stromatolites will approximate a flat sheet,
> more turbulent environments the stromatolites will consist of interlinked
> or columns, with flat, linking mats between them."
>http://www.geocities.com/earthhistory/newstrom.htm>>>> Lamination as a tool for distinguishing microbial and metazoan
> biosystems from inert structures
> "Lamination often indicates the presence of microbial or microbially
> dominated biosystems. Furthermore, laminated structures are an
> important borderline to distinguish micro and macroorganisms, although
> such a distinction is relative. Both the presence and absence of
> lamination are lawful phenomena based on the fundamental physical and
> biological/biogeochemical principles."
>> "At all scales of observation, problems often arise when trying
> to distinguish between biological and inorganic features in the ancient
> rock record. Stromatolites, defined as laminated biosedimentary fabrics
> formed by the trapping and binding of sediments and/or
> precipitation of minerals by microorganisms (Walter 1977),
> are sometimes impossible to distinguish from finely laminated sediments
> formed by inorganic processes"
>http://geology.asu.edu/jfarmer/pubs/pdfs/taphon.pdf>>>>>> Michael C. Storrie-Lombardi
> NASA Astrobiology Institute
> Jet Propulsion Laboratory
>> "The statistical analysis of stromatolites
> presented here is based on the adoption of an approach
> known to the Complexity research community as the
> Compression and Diffusion (CD) method . In this
> method a set of stromatolite surface features are
> converted into a sequence of symbols. The CD
> method yields results that are independent of the
> potential false correlations that any specific image
> conversion method might create. We apply the CD
> method to studying local properties, with consequently
> no conflict with the non-stationary nature of the
> geological process that led to the formation of
> stromatolites. The compression component of the
> method recognizes the existence of deterministic rules
> and the diffusion component measures the speed of
> transition from dynamics to thermodynamics. This
> transition may be the central characteristic capable of
> differentiating a biotic from an abiotic origin of the
> target stromatolite, the biotic origin producing a more
> significant departure from thermodynamics."
>http://www.kinohi.org/pdf_files/NAI2003_Complexity.pdf>>>>>>>> Endurance finely layered rock
>> Opportunity micro images
>>>>>>> Hydrothermal Systems:
> Doorways to Early Biosphere Evolution
> "Hydrothermal systems may have provided favorable
> environments for the prebiotic synthesis of
> organic compounds necessary for life and may also
> have been a site for life's origin . They could also have
> provided a refuge for thermophilic (heat-loving)
> microorganisms during late, giant-impact events.
> Phylogenetic information encoded in the genomes of
> extant thermophiles provides important clues about
> this early period of biosphere development that are
> broadly consistent with geological evidence for Archean
> environments . Hydrothermal environments often
> exhibit high rates of mineralization, which favors
> microbial fossilization."
>http://geology.asu.edu/jfarmer/pubs/pdfs/gsa.pdf>>>> The State and Future of Mars Polar Science and Exploration
>> "The recent identification of putative shorelines in the northern plains
> suggests that the water from these events may have contributed to one or
> more ice-covered lakes or seas that may have collectively covered as
> much as a third of the planet . These, and other lines of evidence,
> that Mars is water-rich and may store the equivalent of a global
> ocean of water » 0.5-1 km deep as ground ice and
> groundwater within its crust (Carr 1987)."
>> "Whether the early climate was warm or cold, the presence of
> abundant water on the surface has profound implications for the
> development of life. Indeed, given the intense impact and volcanic
> activity that characterized the planet at this time, the development
> of long-lived hydrothermal systems was likely widespread-
> duplicating many of the important conditions that are thought
> to have given rise to life on Earth (Farmer 1996)."
>http://geology.asu.edu/jfarmer/pubs/pdfs/marspolarsci.pdf>>>>>> Morphological Biosignatures and the Search
> for Life on Mars
>> "In microbial communities, organisms exist in a common
> EPS ("slime") matrix. These materials hold great taphonomic
> importance because they can control aspects of the chemical
> microenvironments that promote early diagenetic mineralization,
> a key factor in microbial fossilization (Farmer, 1999). EPS
> is known to bind a wide variety of metals in-
> cluding Pb, Sr, Zn, Cd, Co, Cu, Mn, Mg, Fe, Ag,
> and Ni (Decho, 1990, and references therein)."
>> "The concentration of these metals above background
> levels presents an interesting possibility for the
> detection of organisms even after organic mate-
> rials have been degraded (Farmer, 1999; Conrad
> and Nealson, 2001)."
>http://geology.asu.edu/jfarmer/pubs/pdfs/morpho.pdf>>>> TAPHONOMIC MODES IN MICROBIAL FOSSILIZATION
>> "In conjunction with other types of chemofossil evidence (e.g., isotopes
> biomarker compounds), spatial distributions of trace metals that are
> in pattern and scale to microbial cells and biofilms may provide
> evidence for biogenicity .
>>>>> A Mossbauer investigation of iron-rich terrestrial
> hydrothermal vent systems: Lessons for Mars exploration
>> "While a high-temperature origin for terrestrial life is still
> debatable, the high biological productivity and rapid
> mineralization that are typical of thermal spring environments
> make them particularly favorable places for the preservation
> of a microbial fossil record. For this reason, hydrothermal
> deposits are regarded as important targets in the exploration
> for fossil evidence of ancient Martian life"
>> "Among the stated capabilities of the Mossbauer instrument is the
> ability to detect "nanophase and amorphous hydrothermal Fe
> minerals that could preserve biological materials" (S.W. Squyres,
> Terrestrial hydrothermal springs, including deep-sea vents,
> harbor complex ecosystems that have evolved based on nutri-
> ents and energy supplied by the vent effluent. Importantly,
> land-based spring systems also include photosynthetic (cya-
> nobacterial) species. Previously, we reported results of a
> Mossbauer investigation of samples (collected by J. C. Alt)
> from submarine hydrothermal vents ("black smokers") in an
> area of the East Pacific Rise [Agresti et al., 19941. The iron-
> rich minerals were shown by scanning electron microscopy
> (SEM) to be associated with bacterial filaments [Alt, 19881."
>http://geology.asu.edu/jfarmer/pubs/pdfs/mossbauer.pdf>>>> 4. Siderite as a Component of an Ancient Stromatolite
>> "Mossbauer spectra at two temperatures of a freshly slabbed
> portion of a 2.09 Ga (Early Proterozoic) hematic chert stro-
> matolite from the Gunflint Iron Formation (PPRG 2443) are
> shown in Figure 26. The high-velocity ferrous peak migrates
> from its position at 100 K to overlap the fifth peak of hematite
> at 19 K. This behavior and the agreement of the splitting pa-
> rameters with those of siderite argue that this sample contains
> a small fraction of siderite. (dominant siderite peak at -1090 cm-I).
> The sample investigated was freshly slabbed for the Mossbauer
> transmission measurement, so the iron carbonate is interior
> to the native stromatolite rock. Its occurrence in this 2.09 Ga
> old rock in- dicates that long (billion-year) survival times
> for siderite are possible when preserved in silica."
>>> (Fig 26 page 15, please compare with blueberry bowl
> chart for siderite signature)
>http://geology.asu.edu/jfarmer/pubs/pdfs/mossbauer.pdf>>> A Bowl of Hematite-Rich 'Berries'
> Mar 18, 2004
>> "This graph shows two spectra of outcrop regions near the
> Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's landing site.
> The blue line shows data for a region dubbed "Berry Bowl,"
> which contains a handful of the sphere-like grains dubbed
>> Blueberry Bowl chart
>>>>>> NASA-JPL May Have Cooked Their Own Goose!
>> "To make a long story short (I shall over-simplify for sake of
> brevity), there is increasing evidence of the function of
> bacteria in rock-forming and even in some sand-forming processes
> (wherein bacteria serve to nucleate the growth of small silicate
> crystals). On Earth, in formation of spherical concretions,
> bacterial colonies and/or other organic matter infused with
> bacteria nucleate crystalline silica growth. I suspect it would
> likewise be the case where Mars was wet over extended periods."
>> "In the wet, mushy or 'muddy' environment, the resulting micro-
> concretion slowly grows (sometimes incorporating or
> encapsulating adjacent grains of silt or sand, sometimes simply
> by crystalline growth from colloidally suspended silica
> crystallizing and pushing adjacent silt ahead of its growth,
> sometimes by a combination of the two processes), increasing its
> diameter spherically across time. If conditions for the
> bacterial colony's growth are episodic, one can sometimes see
> (upon slicing the concretion) rather distinct concentric layers
> of growth that formed the concretion, but where conditions for
> growth are constant, the concretion may show a crystalline
> pattern with virtually no concentric layering."
>>>> There are abundant locations on Mars to search for water, but
> hematite further reduces the search to areas likely to have
> underground water and hot springs. And to areas showing ideal
> conditions for life and fossil preservation.
>> They have found everything they could have expected at
> Meridiani. The Big Clue is that the hematite is concentrated
> in the spheres, yet little is in the soil. Another is the unprecedented
> volume of spheres and laminated rocks found. Combined with
> the highly uniform intra-populations sizes, a non-living
> explanation for Meridiani is highly unlikely.
>> The question now is whether Nasa is simply being
> conservative by dramatically downplaying the
> capabilities and discoveries of this mission. Or
> if they are willing to let the mission end as is
> as a hedge to insure the coveted sample
> return mission.
>> For Nasa to hide the discovery of extraterrestrial life
> would be the 'Biggest Lie' in the history of science!
> Galileo v. The Holy Inquisition would be a minor
> travesty in comparison.
>> Nasa should not be allowed to have a Vatican-like grip
> on such ...universal... discovery.