Flaugergues (crater)

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Sinus Sabaeus map.JPG
Quadrangle map of Sinus Sabaeus labeled with major features. Colored rectangles represent image footprints of Mars Global Surveyor.
Planet Mars
Region Sinus Sabaeus quadrangle
Coordinates 17°00′S 340°48′W / 17°S 340.8°W / -17; -340.8Coordinates: 17°00′S 340°48′W / 17°S 340.8°W / -17; -340.8
Diameter 245 km
Eponym Honore Flaugergues, a French astronomer (1755-1835)

Flaugergues is a crater in the Sinus Sabaeus quadrangle on Mars at 17° south latitude and 340.8° west longitude. It is about 245 km in diameter. It was named after Honore Flaugergues, a French astronomer (1755-1835).[1]

Northeast of Flaugergues is a valley named Mosa Vallis and further northwest is Evros Vallis. Southeast of Flaugergues is Charybdis Scopula and further south is Scylla Scopula which runs parallel to each other. Nearby prominent craters include Pollack to the east-northeast, Lambert to the east-southeast, Bakhuysen almost to the southwest, Wislicenus to the west and nearly further north is the large Schiaparelli.

Impact craters generally have a rim with ejecta around them, in contrast volcanic craters usually do not have a rim or ejecta deposits. Sometimes craters expose layers that were buried. Rocks from deep underground are tossed onto the surface. Hence, craters can show us what lies deep under the surface.

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