Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

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Palus, Paludes

  • Stephan van Gasselt
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_1149-3



Paludes are lunar low-albedo surface features considered to be small (150–300 km in diameter) and isolated lunar Mare patches. They are situated near larger lunar maria.

The three named lunar paludes are Palus Epidemiarum (marsh of epidemics), Palus Putredinis (marsh of decay), and Palus Somni (marsh of sleep).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Planetary Sciences and Remote SensingInstitute of Geological Sciences, Free University of BerlinBerlinGermany