Intercrater plains on Mercury

Intercrater plains on Mercury

Fig. 6.12 . The heavily cratered regions of Mercury exhibit abundant craters, just as the lunar highlands do, but unlike the Moon, intercrater plains are found surrounding the craters in Mercury’s highlands. This image, taken from the Mariner 10 spacecraft, also exhibits long, dark cliffs, known as scarps or rupes, and a long ridge that runs along the right side of the image, cutting across a large crater about 80 kilometers in diameter. (Courtesy of NASA/JPL/Northwestern University.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University