DOI & CITATION
SEP 2018- MARCH 2019
POINT-CLOUD RADIOMETRIC DATA [1.2 BILLION VALUES]
NASA, JPL, UNAVCO
MOUNT EREBUS, VOLCANIC ICE-CAVE, ANATRACTICA
WARREN CAVE, MT. EREBUS, ANTARCTICA
MACHINE-LEARNING STATISTICAL MODEL
COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMIC SIMULATION
Warren cave is a billion-year-old volcanic ice-cave system replete with paleoclimatic signatures situated at Mount Erebus, Antarctica. It affords a unique exo-planetary analogue site to investigate biosignatures in an extreme environment.
This project builds upon a remote-sensed point-cloud data archive of the Warren Cave. It attempts to baptise intelligence in a unique catastrophe––the dissipation of paleo-architectural structures in cerebro, papyro and silico. The computational process characterises anomalous cryomorphological patterns out of the ice cave point-cloud data noise (outlier values) via machine-based classification algorithms to investigate the ice cave as an artefact of unknown origins. The pattern-search registers aberrational vermiculation out of the outlier values, absent in situ. The detected patterns scaffold fine-grain numerical annihilation or ablation dynamics in silico through a computational fluid dynamic simulation. The phase change in silico induces unique poro-mechanics, excising the continuous topology of the ice-cave digital model. Crevasses develop in the fractured territories when fluid viscosity dissipates and the surface tension tears apart under internal stress––saturating a quasi-porous architectonic mass, where interiorised temporalities exteriorise.
The simulation provides chronological locomotion (time travel) across various counterfactual scenarios, stabilising transits through point-cloud invariance: To transit inward on a planetary axis is to transit backwards on a temporal one (a la Nicholas Steno). To melt cryospheric bodies is to thaw solidified temporalities. Intelligence converges towards its ur-giver as it melts all anthropic notions of temporal orientation, wiping out the carbon-cult of terrestrial temporalities. Reaching back for an abiogenetic precursor amidst a metallic ocean: the howling geotherm––intelligence prowls across time, voiding through the temporal layers of gathered solidities until its necrocratic movement reaches a sweet spot (depth-wise). The retrogression reaches its fever pitch, where it becomes riven from within contra without. It pauses, reflects, but does not terminate. Intelligence descends further into the earth’s accretion and outward towards the solar inception––insofar as to summon the ontological infrastructure of time itself. Tellurian spacetime no longer draws a limit to its thought gestures, as an atemporal abyss abducts it into the open.