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Geology of the Victoria quadrangle (H02), Mercury

Galluzzi, V.; Guzzetta, L.; Ferranti, L.; Di Achille, G.; Rothery, D.A. and Palumbo, P. (2016). Geology of the Victoria quadrangle (H02), Mercury. Journal of Maps, 12(S1) pp. 227–238.

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Mercury’s quadrangle H02 ‘Victoria’ is located in the planet’s northern hemisphere and lies between latitudes 22.5° N and 65° N, and between longitudes 270° E and 360° E. This quadrangle covers 6.5% of the planet’s surface with a total area of almost 5 million km2. Our 1:3,000,000-scale geologic map of the quadrangle was produced by photo-interpretation of remotely sensed orbital images captured by the MESSENGER spacecraft. Geologic contacts were drawn between 1:300,000 and 1:600,000 mapping scale and constitute the boundaries of intercrater, intermediate and smooth plains units; in addition, three morpho-stratigraphic classes of craters larger than 20 km were mapped. The geologic map reveals that this area is dominated by Intercrater Plains encompassing some almost-coeval, probably younger, Intermediate Plains patches and interrupted to the north-west, north-east and east by the Calorian Northern Smooth Plains. This map represents the first complete geologic survey of the Victoria quadrangle at this scale, and an improvement of the existing 1:5,000,000 Mariner 10-based map, which covers only 36% of the quadrangle.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 V.Galluzzi
ISSN: 1744-5647
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Bridging funds for MIXS lead Co-InvestigatorST/N00339X/1STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council)
Astronomy and Planetary Sciences at the Open UniversityST/L000776/1STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council)
SIMBIOSYS projectI/022/10/0Italian Space Agency (ASI)
Keywords: Mercury (planet); planetary geology; Victoria quadrnagle; impact craters; remote sensing
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 46701
Depositing User: David Rothery
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2017 10:07
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2020 07:00
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