Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

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Patera, Paterae

  • Ernst Hauber
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_1162-3


Patera is an irregular crater or a complex one with scalloped edges (definition by the International Astronomical Union, http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/jsp/append5.jsp) and is used as a descriptor term for naming surface features on Mars, Venus, and the Jovian satellite, Io.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) e.V.Institut für PlanetenforschungBerlinGermany