Lunar desert is a type of terrain.
Rille (German for "groove") is typically used to describe any of the long, narrow depressions in the lunar surface that resemble channels. Typically, a rille can be up to several kilometers wide and hundreds ok kilometers in length. However, the term has also been used loosely to describe similar structures on a number of planets in the Solar System, including Mars, Venus, and on a number of moons. All bear a structural resemblance to each other.
Rilles on the Moon sometimes resulted from the formation of localized lava channels. These generally fall into three categories, consisting of sinuous, arcuate, or linear shapes. By following these meandering rilles back to their source, they often lead to an old volcanic vent. One of the most notable sinuous rilles is the Vallis Schröteri feature, located in the Aristarchus plateau along the eastern edge of Oceanus Procellarum.
An example of a sinuous rille exists at the Apollo 15 landing site, Rima Hadley, located on the rim of the Imbrium Basin. Based on observations from the mission, it is generally believed that this rille was formed by volcanic processes, a topic long debated before the mission took place.
|Earth||Barren · Coast · Desert · Dunes · Grassland · Ice · Lush · Marsh · Muddy · Ocean · Permafrost · Plains · Polar coast · Polar ocean · Rocky · Salt flats · Scrub · Tropical coast · Tropical ocean · Tundra|
|Space||Deep space · Space · Void|
|Moon||Lunar barren · Lunar basalt · Lunar desert · Lunar plains · Lunar rocky|
|Mars||Martian barren · Martian desert · Martian dunes · Martian ice · Martian permafrost · Martian plains · Martian rocky|