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Lunar Cinder Cones

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Science  06 Apr 1973:
Vol. 180, Issue 4081, pp. 68-71
DOI: 10.1126/science.180.4081.68

Abstract

Data on terrestrial eruptions of pyroclastic material and ballistic considerations suggest that in the lunar environment (vacuum and reduced gravity) low-rimmed pyroclastic rings are formed rather than the high-rimmed cinder cones so abundant on the earth. Dark blanketing deposits in the Taurus-Littrow region (Apollo 17 landing area) are interpreted as being at least partly composed of lunar counterparts of terrestrial cinder cones.