Hollows (Mercury)

  • David T. BlewettEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-9213-9_239-1


Irregular-shaped, shallow, rimless depressions found on Mercury probably formed by loss of volatiles; some have high-reflectance interiors and halos.



Irregular-shaped, shallow, rimless, depressions on Mercury (Fig. 1). Some have high-reflectance interiors and halos. The bright material has a spectral slope in the visible to near-infrared that is shallower (“bluer”) than that of the global average (Blewett et al. 2010, 2013). Hollows occur as isolated individuals, in small clusters, and in extensive groupings where many hollows have coalesced (Blewett et al. 2011).


Solar Wind Central Peak Impact Crater Crater Floor Volcanic Vent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Applied Physics LaboratoryJohns Hopkins UniversityLaurelUSA