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Unmanned _ Books and Products _ Irregular Mare Patches on the Moon

Posted by: John Moore May 13 2019, 01:24 PM

Considered to be volcanic in nature, IMPs are surely the most odd-looking, geological features found on the lunar surface today.

Generally located near the basaltic plains (the Maria) on the nearside moon, and ranging in diameters from ~ 800 metres downwards (with only a few reaching kilometres in scale), their hummocky and sometimes 'mound-like' floors not only pose questions about how exactly they formed, but more importantly of all, is the issue surrounding their actual age.

This latter point, in fact, has proved controverscial: splitting the community in half; some workers proposing that they are billions of years old, others saying that they formed within the last 100 million years or so.

Volcanism on the Moon is believed to have ended some ~ 3.6 billions years ago, so the division in opinions to their actual age has serious ramifications not only for them being as, potentially young, or old, individual features, but as an historical record, time-reference to when the Moon actually formed.

Presented through use of up to 300 LROC and NAC images under differently-lighted views, as well as additional information (lat/long coordinates, location-marked views, over 100 additional images etc.,) about each, this book should serve as a useful resource and reference to the extraordinary features that are IMPs (two samples below).

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John Moore

Posted by: Phil Stooke May 23 2019, 11:24 PM

That looks really good, John!


Posted by: John Moore May 24 2019, 05:53 AM

Many thanks, Phil.


Posted by: monitorlizard May 25 2019, 06:15 AM

I bought your book and found it very interesting. What strikes me is how much some of those mare patches look like the hollows MESSENGER imaged on Mercury. Of course, it could be a superficial resemblance only, but they are both airless bodies that have experienced some volcanic activity, so ...

Posted by: John Moore May 25 2019, 08:44 PM

Many thanks, monitorlizard...for the interest, as they really are the most oddest-looking features on the Moon I've ever come across.

I'll graciously bow to your experience of the Mercury types: the volcanic link is certainly there.

And who knows, perhaps, a book about 'IMPs on Mercury' might be in the offing by yourself someday cool.gif


Posted by: nprev May 25 2019, 09:53 PM

They are indeed fascinating features; gonna have to pick this up. Thanks, John. smile.gif

Posted by: John Moore May 27 2019, 10:07 AM

Thanks, nprev…I suspect these small features will return big answers about volcanism on the Moon.


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