Flood Volcanism in the Northern High Latitudes of Mercury Revealed by MESSENGER

@article{Head2011FloodVI,
  title={Flood Volcanism in the Northern High Latitudes of Mercury Revealed by MESSENGER},
  author={James W. Head and Clark R. Chapman and Robert Strom and Caleb I. Fassett and Brett W. Denevi and David T. Blewett and Carolyn M. Ernst and Thomas R. Watters and Sean C. Solomon and Scott L. Murchie and Louise M. Prockter and Nancy L. Chabot and Jeffrey J. Gillis‐Davis and Jennifer L. Whitten and Timothy A. Goudge and D. M. H. Baker and Debra M. Hurwitz and Lillian R. Ostrach and Zhiyong Xiao and William J. Merline and Laura Kerber and James L. Dickson and Jürgen Oberst and Paul K. Byrne and Christian Klimczak and Larry R. Nittler},
  journal={Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={333},
  pages={1853 - 1856}
}
MESSENGER observations of Mercury’s high northern latitudes reveal a contiguous area of volcanic smooth plains covering more than ~6% of the surface that were emplaced in a flood lava mode, consistent with average crustal compositions broadly similar to terrestrial komatiites. MESSENGER observations from Mercury orbit reveal that a large contiguous expanse of smooth plains covers much of Mercury’s high northern latitudes and occupies more than 6% of the planet’s surface area. These plains are… 

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