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crater




A bowl-like depression (the word literally means "cup" in Latin) on the surface of a planet, moon, or asteroid. Craters range in size from a few centimeters to over 1,000 km across, and are mostly caused by impact (see impact crater and impact basin) or by volcanic activity, though some are due to cryovolcanism.


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