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Lunar Mascon Loading: an Example of the Importance of Fault Initiation Depth on Fault Type Predictions from Stresses on Planetary SurfacesGeophysical models that predict fault type from stresses calculated at the planetary surface (zero depth) can be misleading because faults generally initiate at depth under a different stress regime and propagate to the surface. The generally accepted and most commonly employed criteria for fault prediction from calculated stresses on planetary surfaces points out problems in neglecting the effects of non-isotropic overburden stresses and the use of realistic material constants and shows a well known example (mascon loading on the moon) where neglecting this effect predicts a different type of fault than is actually observed.
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Legacy CDMS
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Golombek, M. P.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1985
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Publication: NASA, Washington Repts. of Planetary Geol. and Geophys. Program, 1984
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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