‘The Thing’ of Mars

This photograph (ESP_018825_2650) was taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) HiRISE Camera on 02 August 2010.

NASA describes this photograph as “Fractures in North Polar Layered Deposits.”

This must be the weirdest Mars anomaly I’ve discovered to date. I can only call it ‘The Thing.’

Is it an oblong hill sticking out of dark hole or an organism? It looks like a massive slug.

I estimate its length to be 80 metres and it’s the only one in this vast landscape.

'The Thing' of Mars
‘The Thing’ of Mars (click for larger image)

Original NASA source: https://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/ESP_018825_2650

I downloaded the HiRise Merged RGB Map-Projected JP2 file to view this anomaly.

Is this a natural geological formation or perhaps something else?

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