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ListPointPlot3D[
Table[{n, s, (Prime[n]^s/(Prime[n]^s - 1))}, {n, 1, 2000}, {s, 2, 80}], PlotRange -> All]  

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Is the pattern the result of the data, the plotting function, or a bit of both?

Edit fixed bad exponents, replaced the plot.

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It seems to be Moiré pattern –  Kuba Apr 17 at 7:46
    
@Kuba, perfect! Make it an answer and I'll sign off. –  Fred Kline Apr 17 at 7:55

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What you see is Moiré pattern

Closely related topic with 2D case: Using high RasterSize changes contour pattern

Worth to add that the patterns does not seem to have a translation symmetry because the projection is not parallel. You can compare it with distant ViewPoint case:

ListPointPlot3D[
 Table[{n, s, (Prime[n]^s/(Prime[n]^s - 1))}, {n, 1, 2000}, {s, 2, 
   80}], PlotRange -> All, ViewPoint -> 1000 {1, -1, 1}, 
 ImageSize -> 400]

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