Lunar and Earth Mountains
Name: Kasij M.
Date: November 15, 2004
Why are the mountains on the moon so smooth compared to
the ones on Earth?
I am not sure that lunar mountains ARE smoother than terrestrial mountains.
I would expect the opposite. The lower gravity on the moon and the absence
of an atmosphere that would promote erosion from dust and sand would seem
to favor rougher higher lunar mountains. The lack of seismic activity on
the moon on the other hand would mean that lunar mountains are older than
terrestrial mountains which would favor smoothness.
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