Martian Spiders


Ziggy played guitar, jammin' good with Weird and Gilly,
The spiders from Mars...

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (David Bowie)


 

All photos discovered and compiled by Greg Orme, except where noted on the web pages

 

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Photos

Click here for the original index of photos:

Click here to see thumbnails of each photo (recommended for casual visitors). Click on each thumbnail to see the full image. Press "next" to see the the next page.

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Click here for new spider photos released October 2002:

Click here for new spider photos released May 2003:


Papers on the spiders

 

Astrobiology Magazine: Spiders invade Mars

ASU: Gas jet plumes unveil mystery of "spiders" of Mars

Press release: Seasonal changes and ice melt on Mars explain spider formations on Martian surface

MSSS: Spiders from Mars?

Paper: Energy balance in ice layers - the solid-state greenhouse effect at the Mars polar caps

Paper: Spider patterns in the Martian cryptic region

Paper: Water driven erosive structures in the southern hemisphere of Mars

Science: "Spiders" channel mars ice cap

ESA: Decoding the cryptic region of Mars

NASA: NASA findings suggest jets bursting from Mars ice cap

ESA Science and technology: Sublimation of Mars's southern seasonal CO2 ice cap and the formation of spiders

Nature: No signature of clear CO2 ice from the /`cryptic/' regions in Mars ...

Physorg: Decoding Mars cryptic region

Paper: No signature of clear CO2 ice from the `cryptic' regions in Mars' south seasonal polar cap

AIG News: Spiders on Earth and Mars Page 21

Paper: Atmosphere-surface vapor exchange and ices in the Martian polar regions

Letter: CO2 jets formed by sublimation beneath translucent slab ice in Mars’ seasonal south polar ice cap

STRATIGRAPHY OF SPECIAL LAYERS – TRANSIENT ONES ON PERMEABLE ONES: EXAMPLES FROM EARTH AND MARS.

Paper:  PHENOMENA ASSOCIATED WITH MARTIAN POLAR COLD SPOTS

Thermodynamics of Geysers: Application to Titan

Thesis: History and current processes of the Martian polar layered deposits

AEOLIAN PROCESSES IN PROCTOR CRATER ON MARS: 1. SEDIMENTARY HISTORY AS ANALYZED FROM MULTIPLE DATA SETS

THEMIS web site: Gas jets spawn dark spiders and spots on Mars ice cap

Paper:Simulation of geyser type eruptions in cryptic regions of Mars South Polar cap

Paper: Martian spiders as feasible water-driven erosive structures

Paper: SOUTH POLAR CRYPTIC REGION REVISTED: THEMIS OBSERVATIONS:

Paper: MARTIAN SOUTH POLAR DEFORMATION AND SUBLIMATION PROCESSES:

Paper: BEHAVIOR OF SOLID CO2 ON MARS: A REAL ZOO:

Paper: OBSERVATION OF THE MARTIAN CRYPTIC REGION FROM MARS ORBITER CAMERA:

Paper: STRATIGRAPHY OF SPECIAL LAYERS – TRANSIENT ONES ON PERMEABLE ONES: EXAMPLES
FROM EARTH AND MARS:

Paper: South Polar Cryptic Region Revisited, THEMIS observations:

Paper: Behavior of solid CO2 on Mars: still a zoo:

Paper: Annual punctuated CO2 slab-ice and jets on Mars:

Paper: Sublimation of Mars's southern seasonal CO2 ice cap and the formation of spiders:

Paper: THE GEOMORPHIC EXPRESSION OF NORTH VERSUS SOUTH POLAR LAYERED OUTCROPS ON MARS AT METER TO DECAMETER SCALES:

Paper: DARK DUNE SPOTS: POSSIBLE BIOMARKERS ON MARS?:     Diagrams here:

Paper: Spider-Ravine Models and Plant-like Features on Mars:  Full version with diagrams here:

Paper: MARTIAN SPIDERS (Marsbugs):

Paper: Martian Spiders (NFS):     Part two:

Unpublished Paper: MARTIAN SPIDERS, CHANGES OVER TWO MARTIAN YEARS:

Unpublished Paper: A suggested history of Mars:     Part two:

Unpublished paper: Martian Spiders, a paradox:


Web pages on the spiders

 

The baffling Martian spiders

Wikipedia: Martian spiders

Answers.com: Martian spiders

Martian spiders explained?

Spiders drop in on Mars each spring

Martian mystery solved?


Arthur C. Clarke on Martian Spiders

from Space.com:

from space.com, second interview:

from the London Times:

at the Smithsonian:

from Popular Science:

from the 2nd International Conference on the Space Elevator:

at the Onion AV Club:


See my companion site of other interesting Martian photos: