In the center of Tycho crater is a prominent, isolated mountain. This central peak rises 2,000 m above the crater floor. Central peaks form when the crust rebounds after the initial impact energy is released. Imagine a 2000 m peak rising up and taking its final form in tens of seconds! A testament to the awesome power of impacts. The central peak rose up through a massive pool of impact melt, you can see an armor plating of cooled melt on the upper reaches of the peak; it is darker than material downslope and exhibits a sharp brittle edge. A truly magnificent landscape.
|Long:||348.467°||Image Width:||16.0 km|
|Location in exhibit:||Tycho & Copernican Craters||Image ID:||M181286769LR|
|Image Width:||16.0 km|
|Location in exhibit:||Tycho & Copernican Craters|
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