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Geologic map of the Macrobius Quadrangle of the Moon

January 9, 2023

The Macrobius quadrangle is in the northeast quadrant of the Moon's near side. Although predominantly a highland area centered around the Taurus Mountains (Montes Taurus), it is bounded by three major mare-filled basins: Tranquillitatis, the oldest, to the south; Serenitatis to the west; and Crisium on the east. Most of the geologic units within the quadrangle have been profoundly affected by the formation of these basins and by that of the younger Imbrium basin farther to the northwest. Some of the youngest material on the Moon, believed to be of volcanic origin, blankets part of the mare and terra along the southwest margin of the map. Sampling this material will be a primary objective of the Apollo 17 mission, whose proposed landing site is approximately at lat. 20 degrees 10' N., long. 30 degrees 45' E. near the western edge of the map area.

Publication Year 2023
Title Geologic map of the Macrobius Quadrangle of the Moon
DOI 10.5066/P9VFEB5O
Authors D. H. Scott, H. A. Pohn
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Astrogeology Science Center