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Avalanche mode of motion: implications from lunar examples.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Publication Date
Volume
180
Issue
4090
Pages
1052–1055
Identifiers
PMID: 17806579
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

A large avalanche (21 square kilometers) at the Apollo 17 landing site moved out several kilometers over flat ground beyond its source slope. If not triggered by impacts, then it was as "efficient" as terrestrial avalanches attributed to air-cushion sliding. Evidently lunar avalanches are able to flow despite the lack of lubricating fluid.

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