Large lunar secondary craters: Size-range relationships


  • Carlton C. Allen


The relationship between primary crater diameter and mean maximum secondary crater diameter for lunar craters is essentially linear for primary diameters from 0.5 to 260 km. The mean range from the primary to the largest secondary craters is also nearly linearly related to primary diameter. Extrapolation of these results to lunar basin scale supports the contention that basin secondaries of large diameter are to be found across much of the Moon.