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Crater - The Columbia Encyclopedia (Source Reference - Infobase)

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Impact Crater Structures (Science Online - Infobase)

Definition & Vocab

CRATER:  Is a large, bowl-shaped cavity in the ground or on the surface of a planet or the moon, typically one caused by an explosion or the impact of a meteorite or other celestial body.

METEORITE CRATER: Is a depression that results from the impact of a natural object from interplanetary space with Earth or with other comparatively large solid bodies such as the Moon, other planets and their satellites, or larger asteroids and comets. 

IMPACT CRATER: An impact crater is formed when an object like an asteroid or meteorite crashes into the surface of a larger solid object like a planet or a moon.