Lunar Maria: Structure and Evolution

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Science  15 Aug 1969:
Vol. 165, Issue 3894, pp. 693-695
DOI: 10.1126/science.165.3894.693


The lunar maria are considered to have evolved as homologous, transient, gravity-wave systems from large impact craters on a crustal layer 50 kilometers thick, fluidized from beneath by prompt, shock-induced melting inside an initially hot moon.

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