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Photogeology. Part A: Relative ages of some near-side and far-side terra plains based on Apollo 16 metric photographyRelative age measurements were made for 14 light plains areas, using 30X enlargements of Apollo 16 metric camera photography. Results indicate that: (1) Crater morphology and frequency studies consistently indicate that the Fra Mauro Formation has received 2.5 to 3 times as much impact flux as the Cayley Formation. (2) Crater counts and relative age dating indicate that the Cayley Formation is only slightly older than the oldest mare units. (3) Assuming the rubidium-strontium ages of Apollo 14 basalt breccias give minimum age for Fra Mauro Formation, the Cayley Formation must have been generated throughout a period of less than 100 million years, approximately 3.8 to 3.9 billion years ago. (4) The Cayley Formation ages obtained on the near side and far side are the same, indicating a synchrony throughout the moon in these units. (5) The linear relationship as predicted by the small impact erosion model between net accumulated flux and the maximum diameter of a crater that could be eroded below recognition is confirmed.
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Soderblom, L. A.
(Geological Survey Washington, DC, United States)
Boyce, J. M.
(Geological Survey Washington, DC, United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1972
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Publication: NASA. Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Apollo 16 Prelim. Sci. Rept.
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Space Sciences
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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