Geology of the Victoria quadrangle (H02), Mercury
V. Galluzzi ; L. Guzzetta ; L. Ferranti ; et al. ; - ASI Sponsor
Jun - 2016
DOI: 10.1080/17445647.2016.1193777

journal : Journal of Maps
type: Article Journal

Abstract
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.

keywords : Mercury (planet), planetary geology, Victoria quadrangle, impact craters, remote sensing

Notes : Research funded by Italian Space Agency (I/022/10/0)