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Unformatted text preview: Planetary Surface Processes- Cratering - Nearly every solid planet or satellite contains impact craters, although in different amounts depending on the ages of their surfaces. Our Moon and the planet Mercury show clear evidence for impact cratering by interplanetary projectiles. The evidence includes: 1. The amount of material piled onto a craters raised rim is nearly equal to the amount of material excavated from the crater interior. 2. Nearly all lunar (Moon) craters are round. Impact craters will almost always be round even if the incoming direction is far from vertical. 3. Rock samples returned by the Apollo astronauts from the heavily cratered regions of the Moon consist of fragments of pre-existing rocks that have been welded together by the enormous force and pressures of the impact event. Such rocks are called breccias. Craters Crater Formation Heres a closer look at crater formation. The Crater Copernius on the Moon Notice the surrounding ejecta debris and the craters central peaks. Notice the surrounding ejecta debris and the craters central peaks....
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2010 for the course ASTR 001 taught by Professor Robertfesen during the Spring '10 term at Dartmouth.

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