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Changes upon the Moon's Surface

Nature volume 71, pages 226230 (05 January 1905) | Download Citation



UNTIL within the last few years there has been a very general opinion that the moon was a cold, dead world, or, as it has been sometimes expressed, a burned out cinder, upon which nothing ever happened. This view was apparently due to the fact that the men who wrote the text-books on astronomy were not the men who studied the moon. Among the selenographers themselves, those astronomers who made a special study of the moon, there is not one, so far as the writer is aware, who has not expressed his belief that changes of some sort, volcanic or otherwise, occasionally occur upon our satellite. Reference is made to such men as Madler, Schmidt, Webb, Elger, and Nieson.

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