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Directional properties of circular Maria: Interpretation in the context of a testable gravitational capture model for lunar originPhotogeologic study of circular lunar maria and mare-filled craters reveals that several of these features are either elliptical and/or asymmetrical. The ellipticity/asymmetry is interpreted as a directional property which may have genetic significance. Most maria indicate movement in easterly directions. The directional properties of these features are consistent with at least three models of mare basin formation: (1) mare basins were excavated by a swarm of fragments from a tidally disrupted planetary body impacting from a westerly direction; (2) mare basins were excavated by lunar satellites whose orbits decayed sufficiently to cause the satellites to impact onto the lunar surface from a westerly direction; and (3) basins were formed by the impact of large spheroids of lunar basalt onto the lunar surface from a westerly direction.
Document ID
19850005434
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Malcuit, R. J. (Denison Univ. Granville, OH, United States)
Winters, R. R. (Denison Univ. Granville, OH, United States)
Mickelson, M. E. (Denison Univ. Granville, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar Planetary Inst. Conf. on the Origin of the Moon
Subject Category
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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