Welcome to the USGS Astrogeology: Impact Crater Module. This module is also available for checkout from the USGS Flagstaff Field Center in the form of a traveling trunk. Many of the materials needed for the following lessons are included in the trunk.

Please contact Mike Dai for more information.

Phone (928) 556-7173
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Lessons

Lesson 1- Impact Crater Morphology
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This lesson involves modeling impact craters and examining morphologies and factors that affect crater size and structure.


Lesson 2- Using Craters to Determine Relative Ages of Planetary Surfaces
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This lesson has students examine crater density and position in order to determine relative age of planetary surfaces.

Lesson 3- Catching a Killer Crater: Scientific Detectives
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In this lesson students use geologic evidence to identify the crater that might have played a role in dinosaur and other extinctions 65 million years ago.

Lesson 4- What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?
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This lesson allows students to practice applying the steps of the scientific method in the context of dinosaur extinctions.

Lesson 5- Chicxulub Impact Event
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This lesson provides information on the Chicxulub impact crater and includes paper models for students to make. It is geared for elementary students.

Resources

Materials in Trunk

Crater Links Page


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