I'm not clear exactly why Plait chose to attack the Face again. Maybe it's because he ran out of things to lie to his readers about (like man-made Global Warming), or maybe it's just because my Mars books are selling too well....
Or, as I put in my recent tome, Ancient Aliens on Mars:
"It’s not a Face, in spite of the fact it rests on a bi-laterally symmetrical platform, it has two aligned eye sockets, the tip of the nose is the tallest point on the structure, there are two clearly defined nostrils in the nose, the west eye socket is shaped like a human eye including a tear duct, there is a spherical pupil in the eye, there are geometric, cell-like structures around the eye, the two halves of the Face make up two distinct visages when mirrored, one human, one feline, it is placed nearby a series of pyramidal mountains which have rectilinear cells visible in their interiors at high-resolution, it is in close proximity to an isolated pentagonal “mountain” which is bi-laterally symmetrical about two different axes, it has anomalous reflective properties under pre-dawn conditions, it is surrounded by a series of tetrahedral mounds which are placed according to tetrahedral geometry and in high-resolution it displays features identical to ruined artificial structures here on Earth…”
|Collapsed area on the Face on Mars compared with a sports arena with a collapsed roof.|
|Chinese Pyramid and a pyramid in Elysium on Mars|
|The D&M Pyramid on Mars, just over the hill from the Face.|
And we all know what opinions are like, don't we?
|Image artifacts? Nope.|
At least he's not a comedian, which is something of an upgrade over the usual suspects who attack those that do real planetary or climate science.
Plait's Slate.com post
Really Bad Astronomy
Phil Plait Lying About Ice Today
Plait's article making false claims about THEMIS thermal infrared images