Secrets of the Moon Understanding and Analysing the Lunar Surface
Secrets of the Moon: Understanding and Analysing the Lunar Surface provides a unique account of the origin of key features on the lunar surface. Containing historical accounts and the latest observations from the field, in addition to exciting data from the Apollo manned missions, it describes the development of our current understanding of our Moon. It also explores the fracturing of the Moon, a topic not explored in other literature in the area, and contains a statistical treatment of the smaller craters of the Moon, as well as a geological treatment of the larger craters. This moderately technical account is designed to clarify and update the general thinking on the nature and origin of the most important lunar surface features for both undergraduate and research students. It may also be read by the professional scientist, especially the astronomer and the geologist who has found little time to study the Moon’s topography, in addition to the lunar amateur astronomer and even the dedicated layman with a keen interest in lunar science. The book excludes nearly all mathematical symbols in order to remain accessible to those without a formal education in the area.
- Authored by an expert in the area
- Presents a comprehensive account of the lunar surface, from historical observations to the NASA Apollo manned missions and the latest observations and data in the field
- Includes a statistical and geological treatment of the craters
Dr. Gilbert Fielder is Reader Emeritus at Lancaster University, United Kingdom. He performed extended teaching at Lancaster University on Planetary Science and introduced a new degree course on Remote Sensing. Prior to this, he was Principal Investigator in NASA’s Heat Capacity Mapping Programme, while continuing to head the Lunar and Planetary Unit at Lancaster until retirement. Dr. Fielder has authored several books, and presented many BBC and ITA television news programmes, as well as popular programmes with Sir Patrick Moore (on the BBC’s "The Sky at Night") and, on the occasion of the first landing of astronauts on the Moon, with David Frost as Chairman in a special programme.
1. Preparatory Studies
2. Studies at Manchester and Pic-du-Midi
3. Wrinkle Ridges
4. The Straight Wall
5. Thoughts on Mare Imbrium
6. The Apparent Acceleration of the Moon
7. The Slowing Rotation of the Earth
8. The Receding Moon
9. Distorted Craters
10. The Lunar Grid System
11. Mapping the Grid around the Whole of the Moon
12. Faulting and the Rotation of the Moon
13. The Origin of the Lunar Grid System
14. Melting in the Moon
15. The Origin of the Moon
16. Fine Lineaments and their Significance
17. The Ages of the Lunar Surface Features
18. The Origins of Small Craters
19. The Proportion of Endocraters to Impact Craters
20. The Origin of Crater-chains in Grid Fractures
21. The Origins of Small Craters in a Lava Flow
22. Small Double Craters
23. Double Craters and the Depth of Compaction of the Regolith
24. Dating the Mare Flows
25. Studies of Large Craters
26. The Ray-Craters Tycho, Copernicus and Aristarchus
27. Unexpected Volcanic Flows
28. Volcanic Tumuli of the Floor of Tycho
29. The Unusual Rocks of Tycho, Copernicus and Aristarchus
30. Cracks in Tycho and Kilawea
31. Central Peaks and the Impact Process
32. The Crater Aristarchus
33. The Crater Copernicus
34. Dating the Lavas of Tycho and Aristarchus
35. The Origin of the Lavas in Impact Craters
36. Tensions in the Lunar Crust
37. Is there any current Volcanic Activity on the Moon?
38. Maria, Rilles and Wrinkle Ridges
39. Maria and Mascons
40. Ghost Craters and Elementary Rings
41. The Nature of the Lamont Complex
42. Terrestrial Ring Complexes and their Origin
43. Are there Ring Dykes on the Moon?
44. The Origins of Large Lunar Craters in General
45. Return to the Moon
Prof. R.G. Strom: "You have really written a great book. I hope it sells a million copies. There is mounting evidence that the Moon is still active, so you were right all along".
Maurice Collins: " I am thoroughly enjoying Secrets of the Moon. It is one of the best lunar books that I have read in a long time. It has opened my eyes to the possibilities of there being more volcanic processes at work on the Moon than I was aware of before. I especially liked the section on the origins of small craters and was impressed by the close resemblance of the Elegante crater in Mexico to a lunar crater. Elegante looks more lunar than Meteor Crater. Secrets of the Moon will be an essential volume in my lunar book collection. Also, your book has gotten a lot of likes on Social Media: 27 so far on my Facebook page and 13 more on a Facebook lunar group called <Amateur Selenology Project>"
Maurice Collins: "I'll re-read Secrets of the Moon as (there is) a lot to absorb, but I found it a very good survey of the Moon and it shows that there is still research to be done and has given me things to think about. It was good to have a brand new book out on the subject".
Prof. H. Pinkerton: "Congratulations on completing your splendid book. It has come at the right time, given the interest in developing manned stations there, and your insights will, I am sure, be welcomed by those in charge of such exciting projects"
Dr. Thorsteinn Saemundsson: " Secrets of the Moon is a new and ambitious piece of work with a catching title and I am impressed. We must hope that this book gets the attention it deserves and that the currently accepted view of the Moon's features will be revised".
Prof. James Head: "Secrets of the Moon (includes) lots of good ideas..."
Dr. R.J. Fryer: "I feel that your latest book, Secrets of the Moon, is a useful, comprehensive and good summary of a lifetime's work. Hopefully, it will have the effect that it deserves whilst the new lunar interest, due to the multinational landings and future plans, persists. I enjoyed reading it."
Owen Edwards: "I think that Secrets of the Moon is a very impressive feat!"