Evolution of the rembrandt impact basin on Mercury

Thomas R. Watters, James W. Head, Sean C. Solomon, Mark Robinson, Clark R. Chapman, Brett W. Denevi, Caleb I. Fassett, Scott L. Murchie, Robert G. Strom

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MESSENGER's second Mercury flyby revealed a ̃715-kilometer-diameter impact basin, the second-largest well-preserved basin-scale impact structure known on the planet. The Rembrandt basin is comparable in age to the Caloris basin, is partially flooded by volcanic plains, and displays a unique wheel-and-spoke-like pattern of basin-radial and basin-concentric wrinkle ridges and graben. Stratigraphic relations indicate a multistaged infilling and deformational history involving successive or overlapping phases of contractional and extensional deformation. The youngest deformation of the basin involved the formation of a ̃1000-kilometer-long lobate scarp, a product of the global cooling and contraction of Mercury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)618-621
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume324
Issue number5927
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StatePublished - May 1 2009

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Watters, T. R., Head, J. W., Solomon, S. C., Robinson, M., Chapman, C. R., Denevi, B. W., ... Strom, R. G. (2009). Evolution of the rembrandt impact basin on Mercury. Science, 324(5927), 618-621. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1172109

Evolution of the rembrandt impact basin on Mercury. / Watters, Thomas R.; Head, James W.; Solomon, Sean C.; Robinson, Mark; Chapman, Clark R.; Denevi, Brett W.; Fassett, Caleb I.; Murchie, Scott L.; Strom, Robert G.

In: Science, Vol. 324, No. 5927, 01.05.2009, p. 618-621.

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Watters, TR, Head, JW, Solomon, SC, Robinson, M, Chapman, CR, Denevi, BW, Fassett, CI, Murchie, SL & Strom, RG 2009, 'Evolution of the rembrandt impact basin on Mercury', Science, vol. 324, no. 5927, pp. 618-621. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1172109
Watters TR, Head JW, Solomon SC, Robinson M, Chapman CR, Denevi BW et al. Evolution of the rembrandt impact basin on Mercury. Science. 2009 May 1;324(5927):618-621. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1172109
Watters, Thomas R. ; Head, James W. ; Solomon, Sean C. ; Robinson, Mark ; Chapman, Clark R. ; Denevi, Brett W. ; Fassett, Caleb I. ; Murchie, Scott L. ; Strom, Robert G. / Evolution of the rembrandt impact basin on Mercury. In: Science. 2009 ; Vol. 324, No. 5927. pp. 618-621.
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