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Finding Impact Craters with Landsat DLESE Reviewed Collection
Researchers have identified approximately 140 individual impact craters on Earth. These craters probably represent only about 25 percent of those to be found. Assuming an equal rate of impact around the globe, many more craters remain to be discovered, particularly in remote land regions of our planet and in the oceans. This activity uses satellite images of several craters on the earth to study impact craters. Students consider the sudden release of a tremendous amount of kinetic energy when an extraterrestrial object strikes the Earth. They write about the effects that such a collision might have on the land, atmosphere, water, and living things.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Video
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geologic time
    • Geology
  • Natural hazards
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
May be used in an educational setting as long as credit to NASA is given.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-297
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • B - Physical science:
        • Transfer of energy
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
        • Earth's history
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • History of science
    • 9-12:
      • B - Physical science:
        • Interactions of energy and matter
        • Motions and forces
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contributor: Jeannie Allen
NASA Landsat 7 Team Goddard Space Flight Center

Publisher: Laura Rocchio
NASA Landsat 7 Team Goddard Space Flight Center