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Putrid Ridge Spoils Spurr

Originally published August 4, 2011 LPOD-Aug4-11.jpg
south up image by George Tarsoudis, Greece

Here is an interesting stratigraphic problem to puzzle over. Palus Putredinus, the broad band of mare stretching from the Apennines to Archimedes, interupts the band of older and rougher terrain to its north and south. The truncation of the rilles paralleling the Apennines shows that the Putrid lavas are younger; they were probably partially fed by Hadley Rille on the left against the mountains. I imagine that lavas fill an area that had faulted downward as a giant graben. Near Archimedes is the small (D = 13 km) half crater known as Spurr. The crater formed on an earier and lower surface, and its north rim was somehow destroyed by the last stages of Putrid lavas. But what was the role of the broad mare ridge passing under or around Spurr? Is the ridge older or younger than Spurr? Was it responsible for the loss of Spurr's western rim? Why did the ridge form?

Chuck Wood

Technical Details
July 8, 2011, 1811 UT. 10 inch @f/6.3, camera Unibrain fire-i 785, filter Red, barlow 3X.

Related Links
Rükl plate 22
George's website


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