Photogeology of the dark material in the Taurus-Littrow region of the moon

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Regional relations and characteristics of the dark material as observed on photographs of the Taurus-Littrow region of the moon are reviewed to provide a background for interpretations of its nature and origin. The dark material seems to be a surficial deposit that covers mare and highland areas near the southeastern edge of the Serenitatis Basin. The age of the dark material, as deduced from photogeologic analysis, is ambiguous: contact relations near its western edge suggest that it is older than the central light basalts of Mare Serenitatis; evidence elsewhere indicates that it may be younger. The origin of the dark material is also uncertain, and the following alternate hypotheses are briefly considered: (1) thick regolith, (2) dark impact ejecta, (3) pyroclastic blanket, or (4) a material of different origin in different places.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Photogeology of the dark material in the Taurus-Littrow region of the moon
Volume 1
Year Published 1973
Language English
Publisher Pergamon Press
Contributing office(s) Astrogeology Science Center
Description 14 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Proceedings, 4th Lunar Science Conference
First page 149
Last page 162
Conference Title Lunar Science Conference
Conference Location Houston, TX
Conference Date March 5-8, 1973
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