Fresh Impact Crater in Utopia Planitia
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Fresh Impact Crater in Utopia Planitia
ESP_011287_2165  Science Theme: Impact Processes
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This fresh crater is located in the northern mid-latitudes. It is designated as fresh because of its very sharp rim.

The crater has experienced some modification since it formed, including a few tiny craters on the south wall.

The rough texture of the floor is suggestive of ground ice, which is expected to exist in the mid-latitudes. Ground ice aids gravity in moving material from the crater walls towards the center. Material is visible slumping off the northwest crater wall in this fashion. The wavy texture of the center of the crater floor suggests that material has been transported from the walls and merged in the center.

Written by: Kelly Kolb   (25 February 2009)

This is a stereo pair with ESP_011564_2165.



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Acquisition date:23 December 2008 Local Mars time: 3:42 PM
Latitude (centered):36.023° Longitude (East):80.538°
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