Moon Witnessed Volcanic Lava Eruptions in Last 50 Million Years

Oct 14, 2014

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By Doug Horn

Geologists at Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration have discovered that the moon witnessed small but widespread volcanic lava eruptions during the last 50 million years.

The team identified around 70 small volcanic features that are now scattered across the moon’s dark volcanic plains, or maria. The team found that the features appear as a combination of smooth, low and rounded mounds near patches of rough, blocky terrain. The strange areas are referred to as irregular mare patches by the scientists.

The irregular mare patches are called so because of the fact that the deposits are scattered across the moon’s dark volcanic plains and are characterized by a mixture of smooth, rounded and shallow mounds near rough terrain, according to Red Orbit.


 

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