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Exploring the Marius Hills Region

8 Oct 2012, 12:26 UTC
Exploring the Marius Hills Region
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Moon Zoo user kodemunkey posted a great image of a fresh white crater in the Interesting terrain thread on the 29th September 2012.

NAC Strip: M170877942RE Latitude: 9.4 Longitude: -48.3 (close to Marius V crater)
After finding the fresh white crater on the NAC strip I did a bit more exploring and found a crater with a good example of “black stuff” – see the TLP Project – Black Stuff for more information.

“Black Stuff” – same NAC strip as above.
The Marius Hills region of the Moon is full of interesting formations and contains many volcanic domes, cones and rilles, and is well worth exploring.
I looked at a wider view of the area using the ACT-REACT tool and discovered the Rima Suess rille which runs for about 200 km across this region. There is a strange elongated “craterlet” to the north-west of the rille which appears to be connected to it in some way. I can’t find much information about this craterlet and it would be interesting to know how it formed and if it is related to the Rima Suess at all.

from ACT-REACT tool. Craterlet is at Latitude: 8.65 Longitude: -48.66

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