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dc.contributor.advisorMaria T. Zuber.en_US
dc.contributor.authorTalpe, Matthieu Jeanen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.en_US
dc.coverage.spatialzmo----en_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-27T14:19:02Z
dc.date.available2018-03-27T14:19:02Z
dc.date.copyright2011en_US
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/114358
dc.descriptionThesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, 2011.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 41-42).en_US
dc.description.abstractThe advent of global Digital Elevation Models of the lunar surface, obtained from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA), has allowed for a quantitative assessment of crater morphometry. 351 simple and complex craters in the Mare Serenitatis, far side highlands, near side highlands, and South Pole-Aitken basin are decomposed into 50 elevation profiles, from which key geometric crater properties are extracted. The geometric properties and their respective standard variation, such as height-to-diameter ratios, and average elevation profile are compared on a global level to investigate regional differences in terrain rheology and study the transition between the simple and complex crater regime. Furthermore, the relationship between known degradation mechanisms and crater morphometry is discussed, as well as the current state of quantitative methods to assess crater degradation. The resulting regional differences observed in crater morphometry are explained in the context of lunar geologic history. Finally, the addition of other crater geometric properties in future quantitative assessments will broaden the study of crater morphometry, and improvements to current methods are necessary to conclusively define degradation states in terms of quantitative factors.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Matthieu Jean Talpe.en_US
dc.format.extent42 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsMIT theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed, downloaded, or printed from this source but further reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectEarth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.en_US
dc.titleInvestigation of regional variation in Lunar crater morphometry from (Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter) LOLA observationsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.B.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc1028980642en_US


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