Stratigraphic studies: Part A: basalt stratigraphy of southern Mare Serenitatis

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Mare Serenitatis has long been noted for its conspicuous dark border (fig. 29-1). The Apollo 17 metric photographs traverse this border in southern Mare Serenitatis and show clearly superposition relationships among the mare and mare-related stratigraphic units. These photographs, together with full-Moon photographs, albedo measurements, and color information (table 29-I), provide the basis for a revised stratigraphic framework for these presumedly basaltic rocks (figs. 29-2 and 29-3). In contrast to most previous studies, we conclude that the darker units are older than lighter ones. Similar conclusions have been reached by Bryan and Adams (part C of sec. 30) and Boyce and Dial (part C of this section). The relatively light-colored central part of Mare Serenitatis is thought to represent the youngest basalt in the region; a very dark unit that includes the Apollo 17 landing site is one of the oldest.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Stratigraphic studies: Part A: basalt stratigraphy of southern Mare Serenitatis
Series number 330
Year Published 1973
Language English
Publisher National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Astrogeology Science Center
Description 12 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype Federal Government Series
Larger Work Title Apollo 17 preliminary science report (NASA SP-330)
First page 29-1
Last page 29-12
Other Geospatial Moon
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