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Geologic map of the Plato Quadrangle of the Moon

January 9, 2023

The Plato quadrangle in the north-central part of the Moon lies within a series of concentric depressed and raised rings surrounding the Imbrium basin, the center of which lies about 335 km southwest of Montes Teneriffe. The innermost raised ring is marked by isolated ridges and peaks within Mare Imbrium itself, including in the Plato quadrangle Montes Recti and Teneriffe. The band of terra including Montes Aples forms part of the second and most prominent raised ring, immediately encircling Mare Imbrium. Mare Frigoris is part of the succeeding depressed ring and the terra in the north of the quadrangle part of the third raised ring. It is believed that the Imbrium basin and other multiringed basins on the Moon were formed by the impacts of large bodies (Baldwin, 1949 p. 200-216; Hartman and Kuiper, 1962; Shoemaker and Hackman, 1962; Wilhelms and McCauley, 1971).

Publication Year 2023
Title Geologic map of the Plato Quadrangle of the Moon
DOI 10.5066/P9YH8ZHY
Authors J. W. M'Gonigle, D. G. Schleicher
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Astrogeology Science Center