Multiring basins dominate the geologic record, crustal structure, and tectonic history of the Moon. However, their formation, particularly the development of the ring structure, remains poorly understood. We introduce a more complex model of acoustic fluidization to take a closer look at the largest basins in the Solar System. Image via NASA
Beginning with Mare Orientale, we implement the full Melosh model for temporary weakening of the target rock through acoustic vibrations induced during impact to observe its effect on ring formation, structure, and position. Image via NASA.