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Crater may refer to:


  • Impact crater, a depression caused by two celestial bodies impacting each other, such as a meteorite hitting a planet
  • Explosion crater, a hole formed in the ground produced by an explosion near or below the surface
  • Pit crater, a crater that forms through sinking of the surface and not as a vent for lava
  • Subsidence crater, a depression from an underground (usually nuclear) explosion
  • Volcanic crater, a roughly circular depression in the ground caused by volcanic activity



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See also[edit]

  • Caldera, a large cauldron-like depression formed following the evacuation of a magma chamber/reservoir
  • Crater lake
  • Cratering (disambiguation)
  • Krater, a Greek vessel used to mix wine and water (the original meaning)
  • Maar, a type of volcanic crate caused by a phreatic eruption or explosion
  • Machtesh, a crater-like formation created by erosion