Advances in space science and technology. Volume 3 by Frederick I. Ordway

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McBirney [47] has studied the morphology of coalescing crater pits in the Nejapa area, Nicaragua. The fracture pattern in controlling crater distribution may also be defined by an altitude television survey; such patterns aid in regional interpretations of, say, distribution of calderas or in local tectonic analysis, as in spatter cone distributions within calderas [48-51]. Other features deserving study include the mud volcanoes that are secondary phenomena of solfataras [52], radiating dikes and ring fissures [53], certain odd-shaped pit craters [54], lava deltas [55], and flow patterns of nuées ardentes [56].

Gold further suggests that the dark color of the surface of the maria can be explained by radiation damage (by solar x-rays, ultraviolet rays, and corpuscular radiation). He attributes the light color of the lunar highlands merely to continual denudation. This impact dust would presumably be rich in iron-nickel similar to the particulate matter obtained in deep-sea dredges on Earth or pulverized chondritic material. The effect of metallic, stony, and ice micrometeorites in producing this dust would be to provide a type of erosion not found on Earth.

In Iceland, single flows covering over 100 sq mile (259 sq km) are known, and one flow is said to cover 400 sq mile (1040 sq km). One of the paradoxes of volcanic phenomena is the diversity of products resulting from the consolidation of a megascopically uniform lava. Two distinctive forms, known by their Hawaiian names as pahoehoe and aa, are important when considered from a lunar landing standpoint. The most obvious characteristics of pahoehoe lava are a low gas content, high viscosity, and when solidified, surface continuity; of aa lava: high gas content, low viscosity, and when solidified, a broken surface.

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