AS17-2313(P) - Figure 79

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In the upper left corner of the photograph at right, a lunar ridge heads in a southeasterly direction toward the dark mantling unit that rings Mare Serenitatis. At its south end, one branch of the same ridge disappears in the dark mantling unit. The ridge boundaries are crisp and clear in the lighter mare materials in the left half of the photograph. However, in the much darker and topographically higher unit to the right, the ridge is subdued. (Owing to especially favorable lighting conditions, the true height of the east-facing scarp of the ridge is exaggerated.) The sequence of events worked out from the study of this area is as follows: (1) the Serenitatis basin was probably formed by the impact of a giant meteoroid; (2) the rim materials, and perhaps also the inner part of the basin, were flooded by dark basaltic lavas and associated volcanic (pyroclastic) debris; (3) the central part of the basin was filled by a lighter colored basaltic unit; and (4) gravitational adjustments to the enormous mass of volcanic fill probably caused the formation of the ridges in the light mare in the inner part of the basin and locally in the dark outer ring.   -F.E.-B

Report Source: NASA SP-362, Page 89, Figure 79

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