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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Comprehensive Geologic Map of the Moon



Have you ever wondered what kind of rocks make up those bright and dark splotches on the moon? Well, the USGS has just released a new authoritative map to help explain the 4.5-billion-year-old history of our nearest neighbor in space. Read all about it at https://www.usgs.gov/news/usgs-releases-first-ever-comprehensive-geologic-map-moon

Anyway heres my 3d version incorporating the maps available at the above link.
Made with Blender and displayed in Sketchfab


   
   
        Comprehensive Geologic Map of the Moon
        by Chaitanya Krishnan
        on Sketchfab
   

Below is a key to the color coding on the surface:


For the first time, the entire lunar surface has been completely mapped and uniformly classified by scientists from the USGS Astrogeology Science Center, in collaboration with NASA and the Lunar Planetary Institute.
The lunar map, called the “Unified Geologic Map of the Moon,” will serve as the definitive blueprint of the moon’s surface geology for future human missions and will be invaluable for the international scientific community, educators and the public-at-large. The digital map is available online now and shows the moon’s geology in incredible detail (1:5,000,000 scale).

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