Lampland (Martian crater)

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Lampland Crater, as seen by CTX camera (on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter).
Layers in wall of Lampland Crater, as seen by CTX camera (on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter). Note: this is an enlargement of the previous image of Lampland Crater.

Lampland Crater is an impact crater in the Thaumasia quadrangle of Mars, located at 35.9°S latitude and 79.6°W longitude. It is 79.0  km in diameter and was named after Carl Otto Lampland, and the name was approved in 1973.[1]

Why craters are important

The density of impact craters is used to determine the surface ages of Mars and other solar system bodies.[2] The older the surface, the more craters present. Crater shapes can reveal the presence of ground ice.

See also

References

  1. "Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature | Lampland". usgs.gov. International Astronomical Union. Retrieved 4 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. http://www.lpi.usra.edu/publications/slidesets/stones/