planetary geology

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The scientific study of planetary surfaces, employing the techniques of geology. It was first used formally to establish the stratigraphic sequence on the visible face of the Moon by Shoemaker and Hackman in 1962, but was used informally by earlier workers, such as G. K. Gilbert and R. B. Baldwin, to interpret lunar features as lava flows, craters, etc.

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