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mascon

Syllabification: mas·con
Pronunciation: /ˈmaskän
 
/

Definition of mascon in English:

noun

Astronomy
A concentration of denser material below the surface of the moon or other body, causing a local increase in gravitational pull.
Example sentences
  • Researchers spotted a mass concentration, which they call a mascon — dense stuff that welled up from the mantle, likely in an impact.
  • It has been argued that the mascon gravitational anomalies do not necessarily imply departure from isostacy.
  • The negative correlation between the topography and gravitational potential of the mascons suggests that they are dynamically supported.

Origin

1960s: from mas(s) con(centration).

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