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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.

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PSP 006588 1615 RED NOMAP browse

PSP 006588 1615 RED NOMAP browse

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Uploaded: February 23, 2008