Age-dated Nearside Mare Basalt Units by Hiesinger et al. (2000-2011)

Polygons representing the mare basalt units defined in age estimate works by Hiesinger et al. (2000, 2002, 2003, 2010). Each polygon includes the unit name and crater size-frequency distributions model age. See Hiesinger et al. (2011) for details of the methodology and the summary of age dating efforts. For the regions used for crater counting, refer to the Hiesinger2011_Mare_Crater_Count_Areas shapefile.

Unit names consist of letters with numbers (e.g., P60). The letter indicates the mare name and the number indicates the unit ID within each mare. Smaller ID numbers reflect relatively old units and larger numbers indicates relatively younger units.

Letters:

  • A - Australe
  • H - Humorum
  • Hu - Humboldtianum
  • I - Imbrium
  • S - Serenitatis
  • T - Tranquillitatis
  • P - Oceanus Procellarum
  • N - Mare Nubium
  • C - Mare Cognitum
  • IN - Mare Insularum
  • F - Mare Frigoris
  • V - Mare Vaporum
  • Ma - Mare Marginis
  • Sy - Mare Smythii
  • SM - Sinus Medii
  • LT - Lacus Temporis
  • LA - Lacus Aestatis
  • PP - Palus Putredinis
  • CGr - Grimaldi
  • CCr - Crüger
  • CRo - Rocca A
  • CSc - Schickard
  • CHu - Hubble
  • CJo - Joliot
  • CGo - Goddard

When citing this product, use the following reference: Hiesinger, H., Head III, J. W., Wolf, U., Jaumann, R., Neukum, G. (2011) Ages and stratigraphy of lunar mare basalts: A synthesis, Geological Society of America Special Papers 477, 1-51. doi:10.1130/2011.2477(01)

Longitude Domain Product Name
180 HIESINGER2011_MARE_AGE_UNITS_180
360 HIESINGER2011_MARE_AGE_UNITS_360

Shapefile Field Descriptions:

  • UNIT: Mare Unit Name
  • MODEL_AGE: Unit Model Age (Ga)

References:

Hiesinger, H., Jaumann, R., Neukum, G., Head III, J.W., (2000) Ages of mare basalts on the lunar nearside. J. Geophys. Res. Planets 105, 29239. doi:10.1029/2000JE001244.

Hiesinger, H., Head III, J.W., Wolf, U., Neukum, G., (2001) Lunar mare basalts: Mineralogical variations with time. Lunar Planet. Sci. 1826.

Hiesinger, H., Head, J.W., III, Wolf, U., Jaumann, R., and Neukum, G. (2002) Lunar mare basalt flow thicknesses determined from crater size-frequency distributions: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 29, doi:10.1029/2002GL014847.

Hiesinger, H., Wolf, U., Jaumann, R., Neukum, G., (2003) Ages and stratigraphy of mare basalts in Oceanus Procellarum, Mare Nubium, Mare Cognitum, and Mare Insularum. J. Geophys. Res. 108. doi:10.1029/2002JE001985.

Hiesinger, H., Head III, J.W., Wolf, U., Jaumann, R., Neukum, G. (2010) Ages and stratigraphy of lunar mare basalts in Mare Frigoris and other nearside maria based on crater size-frequency distribution measurements. J. Geophys. Res. 115. doi:10.1029/2009JE003380.

Hiesinger, H., Head III, J. W., Wolf, U., Jaumann, R., Neukum, G. (2011) Ages and stratigraphy of lunar mare basalts: A synthesis, Geological Society of America Special Papers 477, 1-51.doi:10.1130/2011.2477(01)

Hiesinger (2011) Nearside Mare Age Units Shapefile

Hiesinger2011_mare_age_units