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={J. Head and C. Chapman and R. Strom and C. Fassett and B. Denevi and D. Blewett and C. Ernst and T. Watters and S. Solomon and S. Murchie and L. Prockter and N. Chabot and J. Gillis-Davis and J. Whitten and T. Goudge and D. M. Baker and D. Hurwitz and L. Ostrach and Zhiyong Xiao and W. Merline and L. Kerber and J. Dickson and J. Oberst and P. K. Byrne and C. Klimczak and L. Nittler},
  pages={1853 - 1856}
  • J. Head, C. Chapman, +23 authors L. Nittler
  • Published 2011
  • Medicine
  • Science
  • 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… CONTINUE READING

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