Lunar cryptomaria: Physical characteristics, distribution, and implications for ancient volcanism

  title={Lunar cryptomaria: Physical characteristics, distribution, and implications for ancient volcanism},
  author={Jennifer L. Whitten and James W. Head},
Lunar cryptomaria: Mineralogy and composition of ancient volcanic deposits
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Geochemical anomalies on the eastern limb and farside of the moon
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