March 21, 2023

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Leaving No Dome Unturned

Originally published April 27, 2013

LPOD-Apr27-13.jpgimage from Springer
Over the last ten years or so a small international group of professionals in various fields relentlessly imaged, measured and analysed lunar domes. They started with their own images and traditional techniques, and embraced new data and tools as they became available from orbiting spacecraft to refine their calculations and increase the types of knowledge gained. Early on simply getting an accurate determination of dome height and slope was a significant advance, and now they routinely estimate surface compositions, eruption conditions and geophysical constraints of dome formation. It is not an exaggeration to say that with the publication of the first book devoted exclusively to domes that Raf, Christian, Jim and Maria Teresa have become the world's leading experts on these small volcanoes. The first third of the book is technical, reflecting its origin in papers the team has published in professional journals, The rest is a mare by mare observer's guide to many dozens of domes, each illustrated with spacecraft and amateur images, and derived topographic profiles. The book is not for the casual observer, but both the professional lunar geologist and the advanced amateur will want it as a compact handbook of virtually everything we know of some of the Moon's most illusive features.

These same four people are the leaders of the Geological Lunar Researches Group that has recently published the 31st issue of Selenology Today, a high level journal that provides opportunities for amateurs to publish new research on the Moon. Congratulations to GLR for ST and Lunar Domes.

Chuck Wood

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