October 21, 2013

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Familiar Terrain Seen a Little Differently

image by Gari Arrillaga

Do you notice anything unusual about the distribution of one type of landform here? The mare ridges snake around everywhere on the right side of the scene. But inside the ridge that defines Ancient Thebit there are essentially no ridges. I wonder why. Some of the quasi-circular ridges apparenly are ghost craters, marking the rims of lava-covered craters on the Nubium Basin floor. But many aren't. They also don't define a compelling inner circle as at Imbrium and other basins. If mare ridges result from the settling of a thick pond of frozen lava into a smaller volume as the basin floor subsides the lack of a pattern at Nubium makes the subsidence process hard to understand. The lack of ridges inside Ancient Thebit - around the Straight Wall - could be because the faulting released stresses in this portion of the mare.

Chuck Wood

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