concentric fractures

concentric fractures

[kən′sen·trik ′frak·chərz]
(geology)
A system of fractures concentrically arranged about a center.
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These are among the most observationally interesting craters on the Moon because their floors are cut by concentric fractures and ridges, and they often contain rilles, dark halo craters, and ponds of lava.
A dome structure at the center, covered in highly reflective material, has radial and concentric fractures on and around it.
Fractures caused by excessive exposure to heat can always be distinguished from those caused by impact, since those that are due to heat do not show a regular pattern of radial and concentric fractures, but are characteristically wave-shaped.
Fractures that form a series of broken circles, or arcs, around the point of impact are called concentric fractures.
Forty years ago many lunar scientists thought that mare ridges resulted from volcanic eruptions along concentric fractures.
This explains the lack of concentric fractures and rilles around the basin.
Peter Schultz of Brown University and his student Robert Wichman proposed the widely accepted interpretation that the appearance of FFCs is due to ponding of upward-rising magma under the crater, which lifts up the original floor and causes radial and concentric fractures and sometimes allows lava to leak onto the crater floor.