Mystery Photo

What in the world is it?

Mystery Photo

Don’t peek at the answer until you’ve given this a good try! Then, scroll down a bit and the truth will be revealed to you.

Image Credit: NASA

An electron microscope image of a tick? A melting Hershey’s Kiss? A close-up of a nose wart? Nah, it’s supposedly a pyramid on Mars. Yes, that’s right, although it is not really shaped like a pyramid, this landform on Mars (in the Cydonia region) is one of thousands of massifs, buttes, mesas, knobs, and blocks that mark the transition from the northern cratered highlands and the northeastern lowlands. Each block, whether shaped like a face, a pyramid, or simply a mesa, massif, or knob, is not Martian made. It is a remnant of bedrock that was left behind as erosion slowly degraded the terrain along this zone between the highlands and the lowlands. A few outcroppings of layers in this ancient bedrock can be seen in the mosaic of the pyramid-like landform shown here. The mosaic is 8 kilometers by 8 kilometers (5 miles by 5 miles) across and each of the three images is illuminated from the lower left. North is up. isolated feature in Cydonia.