Two. Population of Impactors and the Impact Cratering Rate in the Inner Solar System

  1. Gordon R. Osinski2 and
  2. Elisabetta Pierazzo3
  1. Patrick Michel and
  2. Alessandro Morbidelli

Published Online: 25 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118447307.ch2

Impact Cratering: Processes and Products

Impact Cratering: Processes and Products

How to Cite

Michel, P. and Morbidelli, A. (2012) Population of Impactors and the Impact Cratering Rate in the Inner Solar System, in Impact Cratering: Processes and Products (eds G. R. Osinski and E. Pierazzo), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118447307.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Departments of Earth Sciences/Physics and Astronomy, Western University, 1151 Richmond Street, London, ON, N6A 5B7, Canada

  2. 3

    Planetary Science Institute, 1700 E. Fort Lowell Road, Suite 106, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA

Author Information

  1. Lagrange Laboratory, University of Nice–Sophia Antipolis, CNRS, Côte d'Azur Observatory, BP 4229, 06304 Nice Cedex 4, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 30 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405198295

Online ISBN: 9781118447307

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Keywords:

  • impactor population, cratering rate in inner Solar System;
  • cratering rates, and impactor population knowledge;
  • cratering record of outer Solar System, and complications;
  • crater diameter and impactor size using Scaling laws;
  • complete orbital and size distributions of NEO;
  • real NEO population, LINEAR and orbital dynamical constraints;
  • NEO impact frequency with the Earth;
  • impact cratering rates on planets, insights into Solar System;
  • the NICE model, scenarios explaining so-called LHB;
  • NEO population, and orbital/size distribution

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Population of impactors in the inner Solar System

  • Impact frequency of NEOs with the Earth

  • Comparison with the impact record on terrestrial planets

  • Variability of the impact frequency during the last 3 Ga

  • The early cratering history of the Solar System

  • Conclusions

  • References