Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
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Doublet Crater

  • William Robert JohnstonEmail author
  • Katarina Miljković
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_118


Two adjacent impact craters formed by the simultaneous impact of two well-separated projectiles; a special case of  crater chain,  crater cluster or a  multiple crater consisting of two pieces.


Note on Terminology

Two interconnected craters are called double craters (Fig. 3); two (generally) separated craters of common impact origin are called doublet craters (Figs. 1 and 2).
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Space Vehicles DirectorateAir Force Research LaboratoryKirtland AFBUSA
  2. 2.Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary SciencesMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA