Have you ever wondered how the dark and bright regions of the Moon formed? In a new video, you will learn how they emerged from an ancient Moon that was surrounded by a magma ocean. The video was produced by Tim Swindle, at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, and part of the LPI-JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration.
This short video illustrates how the Moon differentiated, forming an olivine-rich mantle and a bright white anorthosite-rich crust that was later breached by erupting lavas that cooled to form dark surfaces, usually bounded within the rims of immense impact basins.
This video is part of a vast collection of educational and training resources available via an on-line interface at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI). The collection of resources can be accessed at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/exploration/training/resources/. A subset of video resources is available at https://www.lpi.usra.edu/exploration/training/resources/?view=video.
The on-line tool is a great resource for learning more about the Moon, the geological processes that shaped it, and the rocks to be collected by future spacecraft.
To download or watch the video, visit: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/exploration/training/resources/lunar-magma-ocean/
Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: CLSE/ SSERVI team