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The missing impact craters on VenusThe size-frequency pattern of the 842 impact craters on Venus measured to date can be well described (across four standard deviation units) as a single log normal distribution with a mean crater diameter of 14.5 km. This result was predicted in 1991 on examination of the initial Magellan analysis. If this observed distribution is close to the real distribution, the 'missing' 90 percent of the small craters and the 'anomalous' lack of surface splotches may thus be neither missing nor anomalous. I think that the missing craters and missing splotches can be satisfactorily explained by accepting that the observed distribution approximates the real one, that it is not craters that are missing but the impactors. What you see is what you got. The implication that Venus crossing impactors would have the same type of log normal distribution is consistent with recently described distribution for terrestrial craters and Earth crossing asteroids.
Document ID
19940016309
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Speidel, D. H. (City Univ. of New York Flushing, NY, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Twenty-Fourth Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Part 3: N-Z
Subject Category
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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