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Monday 29 April 2013 - Crater chain near Rima T Mayer
« on: April 29, 2013, 09:27:22 am »
While browsing through the Lunar Networks blog I found an article about an unusual secondary crater chain near Rima T Mayer (between Copernicus and Kepler craters). The crater chain is about 3km in length  and was probably created as a result of a nearby impact.
Crater chains can be formed in three ways; as primary impacts by a connected string of impacting objects (Comet Shoemaker-Levy is an example), as secondary impacts from a nearby primary impact, and by collapses of volcanic vents along a graben, Rima Hyginus is a good example.

Closeup of secondary crater chain. Latitude: 13.36 N  Longitude: 31.19 W

Crater chain in relation to Rima T Mayer

The original article in the Lunar Networks blog is well worth a read and has further images of the crater chain:

Crater chain near Rima T Mayer