But one question is how do these cryptomare form? Once we can see where they are, can we categorize how they got covered up in the first place?
Among the small community studying cryptomaria, there are 4 categories of their formation processes. Don't let the jargony names confuse you -- all this is showing is different ways that an impact can kick up dust over a volcanic region and cover it with rock of a different material.
(Or, in layman's terms, these are different ways space rocks smash into the Moon and poof lighter dust over darker rocks.)
Cryptomare formation processes, with blue indicating mare material. (F…