World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Pantheon Fossae

Article Id: WHEBN0017304636
Reproduction Date:

Title: Pantheon Fossae  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Pantheon, Caloris Basin, Spider (disambiguation), List of geological features on Mercury, Raditladi Basin
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Pantheon Fossae

Pantheon Fossae
Feature type Fossae
Coordinates

30°30′N 197°00′W / 30.5°N 197.0°W / 30.5; -197.0Coordinates: 30°30′N 197°00′W / 30.5°N 197.0°W / 30.5; -197.0

Eponym Pantheon, Rome

Pantheon Fossae is a region in the center of Caloris Basin on Mercury containing numerous radial graben (troughs) that appear to be extensional faults, with a 40 km crater located near the center of the pattern. The exact cause of this pattern of troughs is not currently known.[1] The feature was nicknamed "the Spider" before receiving its official name.[2]

The name is taken from the Pantheon in Rome, an ancient temple with a classic domed roof. The dome of the Pantheon has a series of sunken panels that radiate from a central circular opening at the top of the dome, and Mercury’s Pantheon Fossae is reminiscent of this pattern. Consequently, the crater near the center of Pantheon Fossae is now named Apollodorus, after the Greek engineer Apollodorus who is credited by some as being the architect of the Pantheon. MESSENGER scientists are debating whether Apollodorus played a role in the formation of Pantheon Fossae or whether the crater is simply from a later impact that occurred close to the center of the radial pattern.[2]

References

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.