Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 121, Issue 1–2, pp 45–58 | Cite as

The Central Symmetry Analysis of Wrinkle Ridges in Lunar Mare Serenitatis

  • Meijuan Yao
  • Jianping Chen


Wrinkle ridges are one of the most common structures usually found in lunar mare basalts, and their formations are closely related to the lunar mare. In this paper, wrinkle ridges in Mare Serenitatis were identified and mapped via high-resolution data acquired from SELENE, and a quantitative method was introduced to analyze the degree of central symmetry of the wrinkle ridges distributed in a concentric or radial pattern. Meanwhile, two methods were used to measure the lengths and orientations of wrinkle ridges before calculating their central symmetry value. Based on the mapped wrinkle ridges, we calculated the central symmetry value of the wrinkle ridges for the whole Mare Serenitatis as well as for the four circular ridge systems proposed by a previous study via this method. We also analyzed the factors that would cause discrepancies when calculating the central symmetry value. The results indicate that the method can be used to quantitatively analyze the degree of central symmetry of the linear features that were concentrically or radially oriented and can reflect the stress field characteristics.


Central symmetry value Wrinkle ridges Lunar Mare Serenitatis 



This research was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41473065) and the National Science and Technology Infrastructure Work Projects (No. 2015FY210500).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Earth Sciences and ResourcesChina University of Geosciences (Beijing)BeijingChina
  2. 2.Institute of Land Resources and High TechniquesChina University of Geosciences (Beijing)BeijingChina

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