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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.14.07): Impact Crater


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Impact Crater

A crater formed by the high-speed impact of a meteorite, asteroid, or comet with a solid surface. Craters are a common feature on most moons, asteroids, and rocky planets. They range in size from a few centimeters to over 1,000 km across.  On Earth, for example, craters are rapidly degraded and destroyed by weathering processes; about 120 are known, with diameters ranging from 150 m to 180 km. One of the best preserved and most impressive is the Barringer Crater, near Winslow, in northern Arizona. On Mercury, which lacks an atmosphere and is geologically inert, the landscape is peppered with craters dating back over 4 billion years.



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