Compton-Belkovich Volcanic Complex

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Informal name
Lat: 61.3°, Long: ~100°E, Diameter: 25 x 35 km, Depth: km, Rükl: Libration Zone II, Copernican?

Both images from Jolliff and others (2012)


I wonder if the Compton-Belkovich Volcanic Complex is noticeable on some of the Lunar Orbiter IV photographs of the northpole region. - DannyCaes Aug 7, 2015


(LAC zone 15 and 16) LAC map Geologic map


A very young silicic volcanic complex unlike any other recognized volcanism on the Moon.
For those who have the Clementine Atlas of the Moon (Bussey/ Spudis), the Compton-Belkovich Volcanic Complex (or CBVC) is noticeable on page 30 (LAC 15). It is depicted as a somewhat bright area near the upper part of the frame's right margin (immediately east of the chaotic looking walled plain Belkovich). A small section of the CBVC's eastern "rim" is visible near the upper part of the left margin of LAC 16 (page 32).- DannyCaes Jul 30, 2013

Description: Elger

(IAU Directions)

Additional Information

  • Crater counts provide evidence for volcanism about 848 and then again remarkably recently at 262 million years ago. Shirley and others (2012)
  • Immediately east-northeast of the Compton-Belkovich Volcanic Complex is the location of a curious unnamed crater which shows some sort of "double rim" (the crater south of Dugan). - DannyCaes Aug 7, 2015
  • Is this high-albedo spot (the CBVC) observable during favourable libration conditions? - DannyCaes Aug 7, 2015


The Compton-Belkovich Volcanic Complex (or CBVC) is an Informal name.
Named after adjacent craters Compton and Belkovich.

LROC Articles

Article 378: Farside Highlands Volcanism!
Article 936: Age of the Compton-Belkovich Volcanic Complex

LPOD Articles

Silica-rich Domes and Caldera


Compton-Belkovich Volcanic Complex (2012) Jolliff and others. 43rd LPSC #2097.
Crater Size Frequency Distribution Measurements at the CBVC (2012) Shirley and others. 43rd LPSC #2792.