Wrinkle ridges on Mercury and the Moon within and outside of mascons

  title={Wrinkle ridges on Mercury and the Moon within and outside of mascons},
  author={Lisa S. Schleicher and Thomas R. Watters and Aaron J. Martin and Maria E. Banks},
8 Citations
Lunar Wrinkle Ridges and the Evolution of the Nearside Lithosphere
  • T. Watters
  • Geology
    Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets
  • 2022
Wrinkle ridges are the largest and most morphologically complex contractional landforms found on the Moon. They occur exclusively in mare basalt and are thought to result from load induced subsidence
A case for limited global contraction of Mercury
  • T. Watters
  • Physics, Geology
    Communications Earth & Environment
  • 2021
Planet Mercury’s radius probably reduced by no more than 2 km since the Late Heavy Bombardment, with a strong hemispheric dichotomy in contractional strain, suggesting the loss of interior heat over time is less than expected for a small rocky body.
Mercury's Crustal Thickness and Contractional Strain
The crust of Mercury has experienced contraction on a global scale. Contractional deformation is expressed by a broadly distributed network of lobate thrust fault scarps. The most likely principal


Origin of planetary wrinkle ridges based on the study of terrestrial analogs
Wrinkle ridges (linear, asymmetric topographic highs) are common physiographic features on the Moon, Mars, and Mercury. We describe here some terrestrial features of similar morphology and scale that
Martian wrinkle ridge topography: Evidence for subsurface faults from MOLA
Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) topography shows distinct elevation offsets across wrinkle ridges that can be explained simply by subsurface thrust faults. MOLA has provided the first reliable
Wrinkle ridge assemblages on the terrestrial planets
The wrinkle ridge assemblage is a group of associated features that have been observed on the Moon, Mars, and Mercury. Members of the wrinkle ridge assemblage are classified as either arches or
Extension and contraction within volcanically buried impact craters and basins on Mercury
Orbital images of Mercury obtained by the MESSENGER spacecraft have revealed families of troughs, interpreted to be graben, on volcanic plains material that largely or completely buried preexisting
Flood Volcanism in the Northern High Latitudes of Mercury Revealed by MESSENGER
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,
Tectonism and volcanism on Mercury
Mercury appears to have a tectonic framework and diastrophic history not found on other terrestrial planets explored to date (earth, Mars, and the moon). On the part of the planet viewed by Mariner
The distribution and origin of smooth plains on Mercury
Orbital images from the MESSENGER spacecraft show that ~27% of Mercury's surface is covered by smooth plains, the majority (>65%) of which are interpreted to be volcanic in origin. Most smooth plains