Impact Crater Formation

Impact Crater Formation

C029/5546 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 32.2MB

Downloadable file size: 604.4KB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: Spencer Sutton/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Restrictions:

Caption: Illustration of the sequence of events as an impact crater forms. At top (excavation stage), the impactor (bolide), such as an asteroid, hits the surface, losing a lot of its kinetic energy. This lost kinetic energy heats and vaporizes the bolide and the rocks at the surface (end excavation stage) Some of the kinetic energy is dissipated as sound and light, and some is transferred to the surface, deforming it and throwing rock upwards and outwards (modification stage) as the blast wave widens the crater and forms the crater walls. The blast ejecta forms a blanket around the crater, with the rock layers (strata) reversed. This strata reversal is shown in the diagram at bottom (final crater), where the energy of impact has dissipated and the ground at the point of impact has rebounded, leaving a central peak.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: annotated, art, artwork, asteroid, astrophysical, astrophysics, bolide, cgi, crater formation, crater wall, diagram, digitally generated, drawing, ejecta layer, excavation stage, explosion, final crater, geological, geology, hitting, illustration, impact, impact crater, impacting, impactor, info-graphic, info-graphics, infographic, infographics, information graphics, kinetic energy, meteorite craters, modification stage, no-one, nobody, rock strata, sequence, strata reversal

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.