Surveying the South Pole-Aitken basin magnetic anomaly for remnant impactor metallic iron
The Moon has areas of magnetized crust ("magnetic anomalies"), the origins of which are poorly constrained. A magnetic anomaly near the northern rim of South Pole-Aitken (SPA) basin was recently postulated to originate from remnant metallic iron emplaced by the SPA basin-forming impactor. Here, we remotely examine the regolith of this SPA magnetic anomaly with a combination of Clementine and Lunar Prospector derived iron maps for any evidence of enhanced metallic iron content. We find that these data sets do not definitively detect the hypothesized remnant metallic iron within the upper tens of centimeters of the lunar regolith.
|Surveying the South Pole-Aitken basin magnetic anomaly for remnant impactor metallic iron
|Joshua T.S. Cahill, Justin Hagerty, David M. Lawrence, Rachel L. Klima, David T. Blewett
|USGS Publications Warehouse
|Astrogeology Science Center