Cratering in Marine Environments and on Ice

  • Henning Dypvik
  • Mark J. Burchell
  • Philippe Claeys

Part of the Impact Studies book series (IMPACTSTUD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Impacts into Marine and Icy Environments — A Short Review

    1. Henning Dypvik, Mark J. Burchell, Philippe Claeys
      Pages 1-20
  3. Marine impacts and ejecta

  4. Icy impacts and icy impactors

    1. Ralph D. Lorenz
      Pages 185-195
    2. J. R. Mann, M. J. Burchell, P. Brandão, A. W. Bunch, I. D. S. Grey
      Pages 211-221
    3. Jacek Leliwa-Kopystynski, Mark J. Burchell
      Pages 223-249
  5. Methods

    1. Lauri J. Pesonen, Dieter Mader, Eugene P. Gurov, Christian Koeberl, Kari A. Kinnunen, Fabio Donadini et al.
      Pages 251-280
    2. Elisabetta Pierazzo, Gareth Collins
      Pages 323-340

About this book


Despite their global importance, little is known about the few existing examples of impacts into marine environments and icy targets. They are among the least understood and studied parts of impact crater geology. The icy impacts are also of great importance in understanding the developments of the outer planets and their satellites such as Mars or Europa. Furthermore, the impact mechanisms, crater formation and collapse, melt production and the ejecta distribution are scarcely known for impact on targets other than the "classical" solid silicates of the continental crust. The reaction of water and ice to impacts clearly deserves a more thorough study. The understanding of  impact effects and consequences in the case of aqueous hits, soft sediments and icy targets has not been thoroughly explored and comprises the main focus of this book.

A number of papers in the field of hypervelocity impacts on ice are included. These cover a review of available literature in the field of laboratory studies of such impacts, large impact structures on Titan, predicting impact cratering on a comet nucleus, and a novel report on the survival of bacteria fired at hypervelocity into icy surfaces. This latter paper is concerned with astrobiology and in particular Panspermia (natural migration of life through space).


Ejecta Icy Impacts Marine Impacts Metamorphose astrobiology biology development geochemistry marine satellite vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Henning Dypvik
    • 1
  • Mark J. Burchell
    • 2
  • Philippe Claeys
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeologyUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary SciencesUniversity of Kent, CanterburyKentUK
  3. 3.Department of GeologyVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-07376-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-06423-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1612-8338
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