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What are those dark areas on the Moon?

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posted on Mar, 9 2006 @ 10:28 AM
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Looks almost like a plague spreading across the surface. Of course thats not what it is. But it looks like it. Light is all spread out on the moon as it shown on the pic, however somehow the dark areas are absorbing it, instead of revealing itself.




posted on Mar, 9 2006 @ 10:43 AM
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They're called maria and most likely formed billions of years ago when the Moon was still molten in the center. Something large enough hit it, causing it to crack open, and molten rock flowed out and covered the surface. This left it dark and flat. Despite this appearance though, it's still heavily cratered.



posted on Mar, 9 2006 @ 11:46 AM
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Thanks for the info cmdrkeenkid. Didn't know it could "bleed" out that big from the impacts.



posted on Mar, 9 2006 @ 12:23 PM
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It was a pretty long time ago. Back then the interior of the moon was mostly still warm and lava-ish. It's called mare because in latin it means "sea". People in the old days thought it was actually some sort of lunar ocean.

I suppose it was an ocean. An ocean of lava, that is.




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