A recent discovery is showing a ridge system that is located in the proximity of our natural satellite and present newly exposed boulders. The analysts are stating that this ridge may demonstrate the active tectonic system on the Moon. The phenomenon probably an impact that occurred a long time ago and has almost torn the Moon into tiny pieces.
Peter Schulz is a professor at the Brown University, teaching Environmental and Planetary Sciences. He declared that even though the researchers have stated that the lunar surface has been dead for an unlimited time, but there has been more and more evidence to demonstrate the contrary. A paper published in the Geology journal is showing that the surface of the Moon is currently cracking.
Scientists believe that the Moon has an active tectonic system
The vast majority of the Moon’s surface is covered by regolith, a material that was created after the collision of meteorites. Back in 2014, NASA’s Grail mission has managed to determine the presence of old cracks on the lunar surface. The cracks are the path that is leading magma onto the Moon’s surface.
Therefore, the researchers are stating that the upward movement of the magma from the core of the natural satellite is responsible for causing the exposure of the blocks. The bare spots can recover very fast, as it was found with the help of the Active Nearside Tectonic System.
Researchers suggest that ANTS started moving billions of years ago, having an enormous impact on the far side of the Moon. During previous research, Schultz and his team assessed this effect, which has formed in the end the 1,500-mile Antarctic Aitken Basin, breaking the other side of the interior, with the proximal end facing the earth. Now, the massive ridge formed by ANTS can be traced back to the continuous adjustment along with these ancient weaknesses.