Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

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Dark Mantle Deposit (Annular)

  • Lisa Gaddis
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_159

Definition

Diffuse, annular, or ring-shaped deposit with very low albedo that mantles or drapes over the lunar surface.

Synonyms

 Annular pyroclastic deposit; Ring-shaped (annular) dark mantle deposit

Description

Dark mantle or pyroclastic deposit covering thousands of square kilometers of the lunar surface (Figs. 1 and 2). Smooth-surfaced, dark mantling deposits draped over more rugged highland units on the Moon.
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.U.S. Geological Survey, Astrogeology Science CenterFlagstaffUSA