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

  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},
  pages={1853 - 1856}
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