Professor of Geology & Remote Sensing at School of Environmental sciences in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Saumitra Mukherjee, along with his student Priyadarshini Singh, has analysed the pictures of the surface of moon taken by the Narrow Angle camera and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera of Chandrayaan-1.
The data collected from south polar region of the moon reveals that many evidences have been found which establish that tectonic activity occur on the lunar surface, very similar to that on Earth, Prof Mukherjee said.
"Tectonic plates at surface move due to mantle layer of earth's core and the movement of tectonic plates on moon establish that some material in liquid form is present under its surface too," he said.
"In this way we can perceptually conclude that moon also have a core. Then it is also possible the structure of moon is similar to earth," the Professor said. "So comparative study of quakes on moon and earthquakes could be done," he said.
Currently, there is no way to predict earthquakes. So by studying the tectonic plates' movements and quakes on moon in the future and comparing them with earthquakes, a step would be taken towards predicting their occurence, he said.



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