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Young Rampart Crater

This image captures the western side of a relatively young “rampart” crater in the
Tharsis region. Rampart craters are surrounded by a !uidized ejecta blanket (an ejecta
blanket is the material thrown out around a crater when the impact occurs, in this case
resembling the whites of a fried egg, where the crater is the yolk). Researchers speculate
that these may form when an object impacts ground that contains !uid (liquid or
frozen) that is released upon impact.

 
PSP 006588 1615 RED NOMAP browse

PSP 006588 1615 RED NOMAP browse

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Uploaded: February 23, 2008
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