Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Hargitai, Ákos Kereszturi

Crater Rim

  • Stuart Robbins
  • Veronica J. Bray
  • Henrik Hargitai
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_78

Definition

The crater rim is the edge of the crater typically elevated above the original ground surface. The maximum elevation of the rim is the rim crest.

Synonyms

Basin rim (for basins), Rampart (Elger 1895, obsolete), Ring mountain (obsolete)

Related Terms

Rimless crater, rim crest

Description

The crater rim consists of autochthonous, structurally elevated bedrock (Poelchau et al. 2009) overlaid by a thick layer of overturned allochthonous (displaced)  ejecta (impact) (Fig. 1).
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart Robbins
    • 1
  • Veronica J. Bray
    • 2
  • Henrik Hargitai
    • 3
  1. 1.Southwest Research InstituteBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Lunar and Planetary LaboratoryUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  3. 3.NASA Ames Research Center/NPPMoffett FieldUSA