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hollow

Synonyms for crater

a bowl-shaped geological formation at the top of a volcano

a bowl-shaped depression formed by the impact of a meteorite or bomb

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Indeed, some of the ejecta would have smacked into Earth; other bits probably traveled across the inner solar system, cratering planets and burning up in the Sun.
When cratering occurs, some kind of low surface tension contaminant is on the substrate, in the paint, or has fallen on the paint.
Textbooks often illustrate the concept of cratering by depicting the impact, excavation, and ejection events on a completely flat terrain.
Also, he notes, similar simulations should shed light on the cratering rates on other celestial objects with atmospheres, such as Venus, Mars, and Saturn's moon Titan.
But those chronologies are suspect until we get samples of the rocks to provide "ground truth" for each cratering record.
The cratering record on Earth isn't much better: Erosion and faulting obliterate traces of impacts.
THE MOON IS GEOLOGICALLY SIMPLE--it has impact cratering and volcanism, and everything else is related or a footnote.