Barton (crater)

Barton crater is a 54-km (32-mi) diameter crater on Venus. It is the size at which craters on Venus begin to possess peak-rings instead of a single central peak. The floor of Barton crater is flat and radar-dark, indicating possible infilling by lava flows sometime following the impact. Barton's central peak-ring is discontinuous and appears to have been disrupted or separated during or following the cratering process. The crater is named after Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross.[1]

Crater characteristics
Barton crater
Magellan radar image of Barton crater
Coordinates27°24′N 337°30′E / 27.4°N 337.5°ECoordinates: 27°24′N 337°30′E / 27.4°N 337.5°E
Diameter54 km
EponymClara Barton


  1. ^ "Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature - Barton". International Astronomical Union. October 1, 2006. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
Peak ring (crater)

A peak ring crater is a type of complex crater, which is different, from a multi-ringed basin. A central peak is not seen; instead, a roughly circular ring or plateau, possibly discontinuous, surrounds the crater's center, with the crater rim still farther out from the center.


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