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Breaking Ground on the Moon and Mars: Reconstructing Lunar Tectonic Evolution and Martian Central Pit Crater Formation

Abstract Understanding the structural evolution of planetary surfaces provides key insights to their physical properties and processes. On the Moon, large-scale tectonism was thought to have ended over a billion years ago. However, new Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) high resolution images show the Moon’s surface in unprecedented detail and show many previously unidentified tectonic landforms, forcing a re-assessment of our views of lunar tectonism. I mapped lobate scarps, wrinkle ridges, and graben across Mare Frigoris – selected as a type area due to its excellent imaging conditions, abundance of tectonic landforms, and range of inferred structural controls. The distribution, morphology, and crosscutting relati... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Williams, Nathan Robert (Author) / Bell, James (Advisor) / Robinson, Mark (Committee member) / Christenen, Philip (Committee member) / Farmer, Jack (Committee member) / Shirzaei, Manoochehr (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Geology / Planetology / Crater / Mars / Moon / Tectonics
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 114 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Geological Sciences 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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