Promontorium Agassiz

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Promontorium Agassiz

Lat: 42.37°N, Long: 1.74°E, Diam: 18.84 km, Depth: 2.28 km, Rükl: 12

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LO-IV-115H Promontorium Agassiz is the triangular area of peaks around the one indicated by the arrow. According to its IAU coordinates, the next series of peaks to the north (starting with the one indicated by the second arrow) is Promontorium Deville, although there seems to be some disagreement about this.


LPOD Photo Gallery Lunar Orbiter Images

  • Although there seems to be nothing in the LPI's Apollo Images Search for Promontorium Agassiz and adjacent peaks in the Montes Alpes, there ARE orbital Apollo photographs of those peaks! For example: Fairchild-Metric image AS15-M-1538 which shows these peaks at the centre of the curved horizon! (north of Aristillus). Research Danny Caes.


(LAC zone 25B4) LAC map Geologic map



Promontorium Agassiz

Additional Information


  • Named for Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (May 28, 1807 - December 14, 1873), a Swiss-American zoologist, glaciologist, geologist and one of the first world-class American scientists. Agassiz is remembered today for his theories on ice ages, and for his resistance to Charles Darwin's theories on evolution, which he kept up his entire life. In 1837 Agassiz was the first to scientifically propose that the Earth had been subject to a past ice age. He wrote four (of a planned ten) volumes of Natural History of the United States which were published from 1857 to 1862.
  • There is also a craterlet called Agassiz at the Taurus-Littrow Valley (the landing site of Apollo 17). Agassiz (crater) - "Louis Agassiz was one of several natural scientists who studied geological and biological samples and other information returned by early Army explorers of the American West (see crater Emory). This name also honors all the modern investigators upon whom falls the responsibility and opportunity of amortizing our scientific investment in space." (source: APOLLO LUNAR SURFACE JOURNAL, Eric M. Jones).
  • Since 2020, the IAU has been pressured to remove the name Agassiz from the Moon because in addition to being an outstanding scientist, Agassiz was a virulent racist. The IAU decided to maintain the name because it has been on the Moon since 1878, and is used on existing maps and in past publications; but the pressure continues.

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