Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2019

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[J] Poster

P (Space and Planetary Sciences ) » P-PS Planetary Sciences

[P-PS06] Planetary Sciences

Tue. May 28, 2019 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall8, Makuhari Messe)

convener:Kenji Kurosaki(Department of Physics, Nagoya University), Yusuke Nakauchi(Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)

[PPS06-P18] Crustal structures of major mercurian basins

*Qingyun Deng1, Fei Li1, Jianguo Yan1, Zhiyong Xiao2 (1.State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University, 2.Planetary Science Institute, China University of Geoscience)

Keywords:crustal structures, impact basin, gravity anomaly

Mercury is the innermost planet in the solar system. Its surface resembles to the Moon, which is characterized with large number of impact basins, indicating an intensive bombardment history. From the data acquired by previous Mercury missions, the spatial distribution, relative age, and morphology of impact basins on Mercury is studied. Gravity data from NASA MESSENGER mission revealed the crustal structures of mercurian basins, providing information about the crust properties of the early Mercury when those basins formed. In this work, the crustal thickness ratio for each basin is calculated from global crustal thickness model obtained by inverting gravity data. The relation between crustal thickness ratio, basin relaxation state, and relative age is investigated and some implication for the early evolution of Mercury is discussed.