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

March 10, 1973

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.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1973
Title Photogeology of the dark material in the Taurus-Littrow region of the moon
DOI
Authors Baerbel K. Lucchitta
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
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Series Number
Index ID 70200522
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Astrogeology Science Center