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

January 1, 2013

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.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1972
Title Orbital-science investigation: Part P: the process of crater removal in the lunar maria
DOI
Authors L.A. Soderblum
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Series Title
Series Number 289
Index ID 70042588
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Astrogeology Science Center