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Does the moon have giant cliffs?

Does the moon have giant cliffs?

Verona Rupes is a cliff on Miranda, a moon of Uranus. It may have been created by a major impact, which caused the moon to disrupt and reassemble, or by the crust rifting. Given Miranda’s low gravity, it would take about 12 minutes to fall from the top, reaching the bottom at the speed of about 200 km/h.

Are there any mountains on the moon?

The lunar Alps, the Montes Alpes, sweep off to the northwest, enclosing the perfect oval crater, Plato. On the barren floor of the Mare Imbrium are two of the most impressive single mountain peaks on the surface of the moon, Mons Piton and Mons Pico.

Is there really a dark side of the moon a place on the moon where the sun never shines?

The ‘dark side’ of the Moon refers to the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing away from the Earth. In reality it is no darker than any other part of the Moon’s surface as sunlight does in fact fall equally on all sides of the Moon.

Which mountain is closest to the Moon?

According to the story below, the point on earth closest to the moon is the summit of Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador. “Mount Chimborazo, in the Andes, is a 20,000-plus-foot peak sitting on top of a bulge on the Earth. Mount Everest is a 29,000-plus-foot peak sitting lower down on that same bulge.

What is the largest mountain on the Moon?

Mons Huygens
Mons Huygens is the Moon’s tallest mountain. Its height is 18,046 ft – more than half the height of Mt. Everest!

How old are the cliffs on the Moon?

“We estimate these cliffs, called lobate scarps, formed less than a billion years ago, and they could be as young as a hundred million years,” said Dr. Thomas Watters of the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, Washington.

Why are the cliffs on the Moon semi-circular?

Many of the resulting cliffs, or scarps, have a semi-circular or lobe-shaped appearance, giving rise to the term “lobate scarps”. Scientists aren’t sure why they look this way; perhaps it’s the way the lunar soil (regolith) expresses thrust faults, according to Watters.

How is the surface of the Moon different from the Earth?

Earth and its satellite, the Moon, compare as in Table 1. Topographically the Moon is very different from Earth. The Moon’s surface is characterized by highlands and lowlands, mountains, and most notably, craters (bowl‐shaped cavities of meteoric origin).

What kind of landforms are on the Moon?

As a result its brittle crust ruptured and thrust faults (compression) formed distinctive landforms known as lobate scarps. In a particularly dramatic example, a thrust fault pushed crustal materials (arrows) up the side of the farside impact crater named Gregory (2.1°N, 128.1°E).