What followed is documented in brief cellphone videos.
On Nov. 18, a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter crew, flying over public land in San Juan County with a team of biologists to conduct an aerial count of bighorn sheep, spotted an object that, clearly, was not a sheep.
The area is known for U.F.O. sightings, and its arid terrain, dotted with crimson sandstone outcroppings, has often been likened to Mars.
A second video focuses in on the "life form": a triangular pillar, nearly 10 feet tall, sheathed in metal and held together with rivets.
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The desert of southeastern Utah is a wilderness of flat-topped mesas, jutting buttes and plunging canyons.
The scientists have been likened to the hero of the "Indiana Jones" movies.
Since 2001, a group advocating the human settlement of Mars has maintained a research center outside a small town called Hanksville, where crews live for weekslong stretches to simulate habitation on the red planet.
Recently, an alien presence of another kind brought this place into the news.
The desert is, literally, home to would-be Martians.
One clip shows workers in green jumpsuits descending a rock formation while a voice chuckles off-camera: "OK, the intrepid explorers go down to investigate the alien life form."
3.be likened to 被比作
Indigenous people from the region have told stories of deities who formed the mountains by sweeping rocks through a hole in the heavens, and of warrior gods who stomped the topography into existence with their mighty footfalls.
It could focus in on something and know where to hit.
The crew landed and went to investigate on foot.
2.be known for 因……而闻名
Other local legends hold that the desert is haunted by screaming ghosts or stalked by a phantom wolf.
I was truly haunted by what you said to me.
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It is a fantastical landscape, the kind of scenery that pulls your thoughts toward things not quite of this earth.
4.focus in on 聚焦
1.be haunted by 被……所困扰。