January 6, 2014

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image by Philippe Tosi / E.Rousset / JL Dauvergne, Pic du Midi Observatory, France

Remember the rille segments in front of the Apennine Mountains? This is what they may have looked like before inundation by lavas. In fact, just saying that points out a difference compared to these circumferential Hippalus Rilles on the east side of the Humorum Basin. The Imbrium Basin circumferential rilles cut debris slumped from the basin's upraised rim, but mare lavas cover the rilles, so some volcanism occurred after basin subsidence. At Humorum, the main basin subsidence must have taken place after nearby lavas were emplaced and hardened because the subsidence-induced fracturing cut through the lavas. And here at the east side of Humorum, the fracturing created 3 or 4 rilles spread over a horizontal distance of about 50 km, whereas at Imbrium the exposure is less good but only 1 or 2 rilles are seen across about 10-20 km. I do not know the explanation for these differences, not to mention the very thin rilles on the west side of Tranquillitatis for a different variety. I need to dig out a 35 year old theoretical study of concentric rilles to look for reasons for the differences.

Chuck Wood

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