You knew there was more on the far side of the Moon than we were told. First up: volcanoes. From International Business Times:
Among mysteries lying on the far side of the Moon, which cannot be seen from Earth, are volcanoes as well, new photos from a NASA orbiter have revealed.
The volcanoes that litter the Moon’s ‘other side’ are of the rare silicate types, not the basaltic volcanoes seen on the visible side of the moon.
According to researchers, the new findings reveal that the Moon is home to more complex geological activity than initially thought. The findings also reveal that the Moon has not stopped throwing surprises after all!
A team led by Bradley L. Jolliff, a planetary scientist at Washington University in St. Louis, has reported the latest findings in the journal Nature Geoscience.
According to Jolliff, the primary author of the report, most of the volcanic activity on the moon has been found to be basaltic in nature. He told space.com that the new findings show the complexities of the Moon’s geological activities. “Finding other volcanic types is interesting as it shows the geologic complexity and range of processes that operate on the moon, and how the moon’s volcanism changed with time.”
According to researchers, the region where rare volcanic activity has been found is thought to have a concentration of radioactive element thorium.
“We’ve known for awhile that the Compton-Belkovich had an unusually high thorium content … Now we can positively say that that thorium is related to these silicic volcano materials,” said study co-author Timothy Glotch of Stony Brook University, according to space.com…
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