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Some comparisons of impact craters on Mercury and the Moon

Gault, Donald E. and Guest, John E. and Murray, John B. and Dzurisin, Daniel and Malin, Michael C. (1975) Some comparisons of impact craters on Mercury and the Moon. Journal of Geophysical Research, 80 (17). pp. 2444-2460. ISSN 0148-0227.

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Although the general morphologies of fresh mercurian and lunar craters are remarkably similar, comparisons of ejecta deposits, interior structures, and changes in morphology with size reveal important differences between the two populations of craters. The differences are attributable to the different gravity fields in which the craters were formed and have significant implications for the interpretation of cratering processes and their effects on all planetary bodies.

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Additional Information:© 1975 American Geophysical Union. Received February 7, 1975; revised March 3, 1975; accepted March 3, 1975. We are indebted to many individuals, but special acknowledgment must be made to the members of the Image Processing Lab of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in particular J. Mosher, J. So ha, and J. Lorre, for the special processing and rectification of images required for this study, to our colleagues on the Mariner 10 TV Imaging Team, B. Hapke, B. Murray, R. Strom, and N. Trask, for valuable discussions and criticism, to M. Davies for his expeditious cooperation in providing the planetary coordinates necessary for picture rectification, and to E. Danielson and K. Klausen for their sustained support of these studies. Acknowledgment is also due P. Schultz and P. Cassen for helpful discussions, R. Hayes for data reduction, R. J. Pike for providing tabulations of his depth-diameter data, and R. B. Baldwin, W. K. Hartmann, and C. R. Chapman for their careful reviews of the text. Two of us (D.D. and M.C.M.) were supported under NASA grant NGR 05-002-117 from the Planetology Program Office. The work of J.E.G. was supported by the U.K. Natural Environment Research Council. Contribution 2581, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125.
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Official Citation:Gault, D. E., J. E. Guest, J. B. Murray, D. Dzurisin, and M. C. Malin (1975), Some comparisons of impact craters on Mercury and the Moon, J. Geophys. Res., 80(17), 2444–2460, doi:10.1029/JB080i017p02444
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