On a warp scale of 1 to 9.99999, this is one of the most important news items this - or indeed any other Star Trek website, and my first Trek site was way back in 1994 - has ever posted. Confirmation that the great bird of the galaxy does exist as the Starfleet logo, the delta shield, has been found on Mars.
Now, don't be distracted by the 'truth' - clearly this was made by Captain Georgiou and Michael Burnham to alert passing Federation starships. Any nonsense about “complex story of dunes, lava, and wind” is to be ignored.Research Scientist Ross Beyer (NASA, Seti Institute) spins his cover story.
“Long ago, there were large crescent-shaped (barchan) dunes that moved across this area, and at some point, there was an eruption,” he said. “The lava flowed out over the plain and around the dunes, but not over them. The lava solidified, but these dunes still stuck up like islands. However, they were still just dunes, and the wind continued to blow. Eventually, the sand piles that were the dunes migrated away, leaving these ‘footprints’ in the lava plain. These are also called ‘dune casts’ and record the presence of dunes that were surrounded by lava.”