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Orbital-science investigation: Part P: the process of crater removal in the lunar maria

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Abstract

The processes by which craters disappear from the lunar surface have been of principal concern since the first high-resolution pictures of the lunar maria were returned by Ranger VII. Those pictures revealed that craters smaller than a few hundred meters on the lunar maria vary morphologically from sharp and pristine features to shallow, highly subdued depressions. The constancy of the population density of these smaller craters (with diameters of less than 1000 m) was predicted by Moore (ref. 25-40) and Shoemaker (ref. 25-41), who concluded that these craters were in a steady-state condition.

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Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
Orbital-science investigation: Part P: the process of crater removal in the lunar maria
Series number:
289
Year Published:
1972
Language:
English
Publisher:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Publisher location:
Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s):
Astrogeology Science Center
Description:
5 p.
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
Federal Government Series
First page:
25-87
Last page:
25-91
Other Geospatial:
Moon