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Importance of the Tectonic Motions on GanymedeVoyager close up views of Ganymede reveal some provinces of old, cratered, dark terrains that are broken into polygons and cut through by light stripes of grooved terrains. The groove terrain unit and its relationships with the other units was studied at various scales because these features seem to relate at least to two main scales of processes. Minor displacements concerning only local features, i.e., large scale processes and major displacements concerning usually the major evolution of the surface, i.e., small scale processes. It appears that tectonic processes, at least in the studied areas, if playing a role in the formation of local or regional features, are very limited. The conclusions reached agree with those of Thomas et al. who show that post grooves basins reveal the presence of a primitive grid that is not disturbed by the grooved terrains.
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Forni, O. P.
(Paris XI Univ. Orsay, France)
Thomas, P. G.
(Paris XI Univ. Orsay, France)
Masson, P. L.
(Paris XI Univ. Orsay, France)
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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