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The origin of neotectonics on the lunar nearside

A. Valantinas and P. H. Schultz
The origin of neotectonics on the lunar nearside
Geology (Boulder) (April 2020) 48 (7): 649-653


New observations of wrinkle ridges on the nearside maria of the Moon display signs of ongoing ridge modification. In association with the wrinkle ridges, we observed an absence of superposed craters, narrow (<30 m) lobate scarps and graben, and thermal anomalies related to exposures of meter-size blocks. Many of these active wrinkle ridge systems are well beyond the influence of mascon basins and unrelated to any global tectonic pattern. Nevertheless, they spatially correlate with ancient deep-seated dike intrusions on the lunar nearside revealed by gravity data analysis. We propose that this active nearside tectonic system (ANTS) reflects ongoing reactivation of an ancient system related to offset antipodal effects from the South Pole-Aitken basin.

ISSN: 0091-7613
EISSN: 1943-2682
Serial Title: Geology (Boulder)
Serial Volume: 48
Serial Issue: 7
Title: The origin of neotectonics on the lunar nearside
Affiliation: Universitaet Bern, Physikalisches Institut, Bern, Switzerland
Pages: 649-653
Published: 20200413
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 34
Accession Number: 2020-039365
Categories: Extraterrestrial geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: GSA Data Repository item 2020196
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table, geol. sketch map
Secondary Affiliation: Brown University, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2022, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 202025
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