Thursday, May 21, 2015

Impact Crater or Supervolcano Caldera? / Mars Express / Space Science / Our Activities / ESA

Impact crater or supervolcano caldera? / Mars Express / Space Science / Our Activities / ESA May 21, 2015

When I first began the adventure of being a Geology / Environmental Geology student at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas, even though I had always been a "rock hound," and dug for fossils, the enormity of the Earth, and our Biosphere was hard for me to grasp. 

Never before had my thinking been stretched to include the size of Tectonic Plates, or Geologic formations that are a history of what has gone on before. 

Just to give you an inkling of the size of the Siloe Patera crater at the Arabia Terra region of Mars; I will hopefully give you something that can be measured in your mind.


The Siloe Patera is 40 x 30 kilometers wide [1200 km], and 1750 kilometers deep. For U.S. readers, that is about 746 miles wide, and 1087 miles D-E-E-P. 

In the U.S., if a person were to travel from Las Vegas, NV all the way to Tucumcari, NM, that is only 744 miles, or 1197 kilometers. 

In Canada, it is 970 km from Vancouver, BC, Canada, to Calgary, AB. (About 603 miles).

In order for scientists to know for sure if this is a Caldera or damage from an asteroid, they would need funding to gather soil samples, to find the chemical make-up of the area affected by either event.

Perhaps you have thought about what happens when Earth is done. We know that although it is considered the stuff of Conspiracy  Theories, that there are indeed underground bunkers on Earth for certain "Essential Personnel" like the President and / or their family. It has also been speculated that there are spaceships that are being prepared for massive evacuation of the privileged. I think that many Conspiracy Theories are true, while others have various elements of truth, scare and consequences. 

Even the original Moon Landing by the United States Apollo Mission has given me large question marks, but there is no doubt that astronauts come, go and live in space. We also know that certain Space Agencies around the world are gearing up for Commercial Flights. 


I am an avid follower of NASA and the European Space Agency, not because I have a desire to explore Space, but because I love science, and the Earth. 

Aside from the fact that I have been basically rooted to the same State for over thirty years, I have a nickname of Gypsy Lady. 

What I want, and would make me deliriously pleased, is a Gypsy Wagon. 

It has been on my list for my final journey for years. 

Will I ever come up with the six hundred dollars needed to attend the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, where I can learn build my forever home, or the seven thousand I will need in materials to do it, I don't know, and don't think it is too much to hope for. 

 I am open to the universe supplying these things for me. I want to visit all of the U.S. and Canada, Mexico and Cuba. 

If I were invited to a trip into space, I would take it, because I do love to travel. (Mostly feet attached to the Earth.)

This is an enhanced video from the Europeans Space Agency that shows the terrain of Mars in 3-D. 

Can you imagine leaving a dying Earth behind, to relocate to a planet such as this? It is something to think about, and maybe those thinkers can make a rapid change for the way we treat this planet. 

Being able to sustain human life on other planets is all theory. Remember the Bio-Dome experiments? They did not end well, and it shows that humans do not thrive in cages, even if they are shaped like a giant circus tent. 

It is my hope that you have enjoyed this as a reader, and that it excites your curiosity, and brings more discussion about caring for the Planet we were given to care for. 

Thank you!

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