Púnsk (crater)

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Púnsk Crater
Punsk Crater.JPG
Púnsk Crater, as seen by HiRISE. Scale bar is 500 meters long. Click on image to see possible fine layers on floor. Image on right is an enlargement of south (bottom) wall of crater.
Planet Mars
Coordinates 20°48′N 41°12′W / 20.8°N 41.2°W / 20.8; -41.2Coordinates: 20°48′N 41°12′W / 20.8°N 41.2°W / 20.8; -41.2
Diameter 11.6 km
Eponym Puńsk, Poland

Púnsk Crater is an impact crater in the Oxia Palus quadrangle of Mars, located at 20.8° N and 41.2° W. It is 11.6 km in diameter and was named after Puńsk, Poland.[1] Impact craters generally have a rim with ejecta around them, in contrast volcanic craters usually do not have a rim or ejecta deposits. As craters get larger (greater than 10 km in diameter) they usually have a central peak.[2] The peak is caused by a rebound of the crater floor following the impact.[3]

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  1. ^ "Púnsk (crater)". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. USGS Astrogeology Research Program.
  2. ^ http://www.lpi.usra.edu/publications/slidesets/stones/
  3. ^ Hugh H. Kieffer (1992). Mars. University of Arizona Press. ISBN 978-0-8165-1257-7. Retrieved 7 March 2011.