Space Volcanoes: Young Moon Was Hot and Unpredictable

October 14, 2014 3:38 PM

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Space Volcanoes: Young Moon Was Hot and Unpredictable

The Moon was likely still volcanically active, even in its adolescence, researchers using NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) have found. New evidence indicates that unlike the formation of other natural satellites, the Moon did not cool immediately after its formation, but remained a roiling volcanic land for some time.

That's at least according to a study recently published in the journal Nature Geoscience, which details how a billion years ago, the Moon's volcanic activity did not abruptly stop.

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