Space Science Reviews

, Volume 96, Issue 1, pp 87–104

Mars/Moon Cratering Rate Ratio Estimates

  • Boris A. Ivanov

DOI: 10.1023/A:1011941121102

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Ivanov, B.A. Space Science Reviews (2001) 96: 87. doi:10.1023/A:1011941121102


This article presents a method to adapt the lunar production function, i.e. the frequency of impacts with a given size of a formed crater as discussed by Neukum et al. (2001), to Mars. This requires to study the nature of crater-forming projectiles, the impact rate difference, and the scaling laws for the impact crater formation. These old-standing questions are reviewed, and examples for the re-calculation of the production function from the moon to Mars are given.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Boris A. Ivanov
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  1. 1.Institute for Dynamics of GeospheresRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia