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Origin of pit chains in the floor of lunar Copernican craters
Xiao ZhiYong1; Zeng ZuoXun1; Xiao Long1; Fa WenZhe3; Huang Qian3
2010
Source PublicationSCIENCE CHINA-PHYSICS MECHANICS & ASTRONOMY
ISSN1674-7348
Volume53Issue:12Pages:2145
AbstractThere are small pit chains in the floor of lunar Copernican craters. They are usually so small in scale that there are few lunar spacecrafts to detect their detailed morphology. Combining camera data from Lunar Orbiter, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Kaguya and Chang'e-1 missions, 5 representative large Copernican craters on various terrains of the lunar surface are chosen to study the origin of the pit chains in the crater floor. The morphology and distribution characteristic of the pit chains are referred by the high resolution images in this research. It is suggested that it is the magma activities from the subsurface magma layer combining with the existence of fractures and faults under the crater floor that leaded the formation of the pit chains. The model is further verified and discussed using the regolith thickness data in the crater floor. Our model suggests that the pit chains are still developing in the floor of the Copernican craters and the Moon may not be totally cold. Finally, the model limitation and potential future work are discussed based on available data.
Keywordlunar Copernican crater pit chains LRO LROC Kaguya Chang'e-1
Language英语
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.bao.ac.cn/handle/114a11/63334
Collection中国科学院国家天文台
Affiliation1.China University Geosci, Fac Earth Sci, Wuhan 430074, Peoples R China
2.中国科学院空间科学与应用研究中心
3.Institute Phys Globe Paris, F-94100 St Maur Des Fosses, France
4.中国科学院国家天文台
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Xiao ZhiYong,Zeng ZuoXun,Xiao Long,et al. Origin of pit chains in the floor of lunar Copernican craters[J]. SCIENCE CHINA-PHYSICS MECHANICS & ASTRONOMY,2010,53(12):2145.
APA Xiao ZhiYong,Zeng ZuoXun,Xiao Long,Fa WenZhe,&Huang Qian.(2010).Origin of pit chains in the floor of lunar Copernican craters.SCIENCE CHINA-PHYSICS MECHANICS & ASTRONOMY,53(12),2145.
MLA Xiao ZhiYong,et al."Origin of pit chains in the floor of lunar Copernican craters".SCIENCE CHINA-PHYSICS MECHANICS & ASTRONOMY 53.12(2010):2145.
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