Asked by: Haizhu Laforga
asked in category: General Last Updated: 23rd May, 2020

Where are impact craters common?

Meteorite craters are more common on the Moon and Mars and on other planets and natural satellites than on Earth, because most meteorites either burn up in Earth's atmosphere before reaching its surface or erosion soon obscures the impact site.

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Keeping this in view, where are the impact craters on Earth?

Here are the ten biggest known:

  1. Vredefort Crater. Asteroid impact date: Estimated 2 billion years ago.
  2. Sudbury Basin. Asteroid impact date: Estimated 1.8 billion years ago.
  3. Acraman Crater. Asteroid impact date: Estimated 580 million years ago.
  4. Woodleigh Crater.
  5. Manicouagan Crater.
  6. Morokweng Crater.
  7. Kara Crater.
  8. Chicxulub Crater.

Subsequently, question is, which planet has the most impact craters? Craters are the most widespread landforms in the solar system. Craters are found on all of the terrestrial planets—Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. The surfaces of asteroids and the rocky, ice covered moons of the outer gas planets are cratered as well.

Also to know is, what are impact craters caused by?

An impact crater is a circular depression on a surface, usually referring to a planet, moon, asteroid, or other celestial body, caused by a collision of a smaller body (meteor) with the surface.

What are the 5 types of impact craters?

Lunar impact craters come in three basic types: simple craters, complex craters, and basins. Simple craters are what most people think of when they visualize a crater. They tend to be bowl-shaped with rounded or small, flat floors. Simple craters also have smooth rims that lack terraces.

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