May 13, 2020
What formed the density anomalies on the Moon?
Modern astrophysicists postulate that the Moon once experienced extreme volcanic activity over a long period of time. Since it is considered “cold and dead” today, those formative events took place early in its history, billions of years ago. It is clear that cataclysmic devastation occurred at some time in the past: giant craters; wide, deep valleys; and multi-kilometer long rilles crisscross its surface. The tacit implication is that the Moon has not changed much, since what happened then is visible today.
Most scientific theories are parochial in nature. They are based on what is observed on Earth, and use those data to model formations observed in other environments. Lunar “graben”, for example, are said to result from slow crustal movements similar to those that cause terrestrial earthquakes. However, there is no evidence that the Moon was once subjected to tectonic activity: it has no “crustal plates”, so no plate tectonics.
According to a recent press release, the cause of lunar disconformities is gigantic meteors striking its surface billions of years ago.
The Moon is not uniform in its overall morphological characteristics. There are anomalous mass concentrations that imply some type of dense, deeply buried structures that were part of the Moon’s early history. Some of the features on the Moon are reminiscent of Mars.
The south pole of Mars is covered with dust and debris about 430,000 square kilometers in extent. There are thousands of craters at every scale: from the largest crater in the Solar System, Hellas Planitia, to those too small to see with the highest resolution cameras. The north pole of Mars might be considered a crater itself, since, as terrain mapping instruments in orbit reveal, the northern latitudes are six kilometers below the planet’s mean elevation. Perhaps the plateau at the pole is the “central peak” of a vast circular meteor crater?
This correspondence to features on the Moon is striking. It could be that both Mars and the Moon experienced similar forces at some period. Were those forces the result of impacts by rocky bodies or vulcanism? They might have come from a source that is rarely considered by planetary scientists: electricity.
At some time in the relatively recent past, a flow of electric charge appears to have impinged upon the Moon, removing material from one hemisphere (nearside) and depositing it on the other (farside). Those electric discharges also formed the great rayed craters. How recent those events must have been can be gauged by the superficial nature of the bright rays and their extent. The craters are not due to impact because the rays join the craters tangentially and not radially.
Plasma discharges that linger before jumping to another location excavate craters while melting the surrounding material. Electrons are pulled toward the center of the discharge channel, ripping apart the rocks and dragging the neutral material along with them. Dust is then sucked up into the vortex channel and ejected into space. This explains why the bottoms of the lunar maria are smooth and flat, with little or no blast debris. Subsurface electric currents tend to melt and concentrate matter, which may also explain why there are mass anomalies associated with the maria.
As has been written elsewhere, since the hemispheres and not the poles of the Moon are where the most intense electrical activity seems to have occurred, it is not beyond consideration that the Moon is no longer in its original orientation with respect to Earth. What we call the near and far sides of the Moon might once have been the two polar regions.
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