Agassiz (crater)


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Coordinates69°54′S 88°54′W / 69.9°S 88.9°W / -69.9; -88.9Coordinates: 69°54′S 88°54′W / 69.9°S 88.9°W / -69.9; -88.9[1]
QuadrangleMare Australe quadrangle
Diameter108.77 kilometres (67.59 mi)
Depth1.8 km (1.1 mi)[2]
EponymLouis Agassiz

Agassiz is an impact crater on Mars, named in honor of geologist Louis Agassiz (1807–1873).[3] The name was approved in 1973 by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN).[1]

Agassiz crater is east of Heaviside crater. An unusual linear ridge is present north of Agassiz.


  1. ^ a b "Planetary Names: Crater, craters: Agassiz on Mars". Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. Retrieved 2015-08-18.
  2. ^ Howenstine, Jared (May 2006). Analysis of the depth-diameter relationship of Martian craters (PDF) (Capstone experience).
  3. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2012). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 176. ISBN 978-3642297182.