Lau Crater, as seen by CTX camera (on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter). Curved ridges are probably eskers which formed under glaciers.
|Region||Mare Australe quadrangle|
|Eponym||Hans E. Lau|
Lau Crater is an impact crater in the Mare Australe quadrangle of Mars, located at 74.4°S latitude and 107.8°W longitude, and is located in Aonia Terra northwest of Parva Planum. It is 104.9 km in diameter and was named after Hans E. Lau, and the name was approved in 1973 by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN).
The curved ridges observed on the crater floor are believed to be eskers, which form when streams run under a glacier. These eskers would indicate a large, thick sheet of ice once covered this region.
Dark lines in close view image are dust devil tracks.
- Climate of Mars
- Dust devil tracks
- Geology of Mars
- Glaciers on Mars
- Impact crater
- Impact event
- List of craters on Mars
- Ore resources on Mars
- Planetary nomenclature
- "Planetary Names: Welcome". planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2015-02-10.
- Namowitz, S., D. Stone. 1975. Earth Science The World We Live In. American Book Company. New York.