Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

Young Volcanics, Maskelyne IMP


Smooth young volcanic flows flood the floor of a shallow depression discovered in LROC images. Flows emanate from the circular topographic high which is likely a small volcano. Many of the other smaller flows are not “connected” to the central volcano so there must be multiple vents that brought lava to the surface. The lack of larger (>50 m) superposed impact craters demands a young age for these lava flows. Will there be volcanic eruptions on the lunar surface in the future? Maybe, just maybe!

Lat: 4.36°
Long: 33.743°
Camera: NAC
Image Width: 2.4 km
Location in exhibit: Major Discoveries
Image ID: M1123370138R

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