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Low-velocity impact craters in ice and ice-saturated sand with implications for Martian crater count ages.

Journal of Geophysical Research

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Abstract

We produced a series of decimeter-sized impact craters in blocks of ice near 0oC and -70oC and in ice-saturated sand near -70oC as a preliminary investigation of cratering in materials analogous to those found on Mars and the outer solar satellites. Crater diameters in the ice-saturated sand were 2 times larger than craters in the same energy and velocity range in competent blocks of granite, basalt and cement. Craters in ice were c.3 times larger. Martian impact crater energy versus diameter scaling may thus be a function of latitude. -from Authors

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Low-velocity impact craters in ice and ice-saturated sand with implications for Martian crater count ages.
Series title:
Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume
84
Issue:
B14
Year Published:
1979
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Geophysical Research
First page:
8023
Last page:
8032
Number of Pages:
10