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Country Germany
CoordinatesLat. N 48°53' Long.E 10°37'
Diameter km 24.0
Age Ma or date 14.87 ±0.36
Synonyms Nördlinger Ries, Ries Basin, Rieskessel
Remarks Usually concidered as a probable, but not confirmed double with Steinheim. There is some data which does not support the idea that Ries and Steinheim are crater doublets (Schmieder et.al. 2014b). Origin of moldavites.
Impactor: achondrite or chondrite?
Age of 14.87 ±0.36 Ma was in MAPS (May 1999) but latest age which I have heard is 14.1 Ma.
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Arndt 1976 Arndt J. and Rombach N., "Thermal Expansion Charecteristics of Tektites and an Apollo 15 Green Glass", LSC VII abstracts p22-24 (1976)
Chao 1976 Chao E.C.T., "The Ries Crater, A Model for the Interpretation of the Source Areas of Lunar Breccia Samples", LSC VII abstracts p.126-128 (1976)
Chao 1977 Chao E.C.T., Thompson C.L. and Minkin J.A., "Abundance and Nature of Inclusions in Ries Impact Melt Glasses", LSC VIII abstracts p.169-171 (1977)
CoM 1985 Graham, Bevan and Hutchison, ''Catalogue of Meteorites'', 4th Edition, (1985).
Goresy 1977 El Goresy A. and Chao E.C.T., "The 1973 Ries-Research Deep Drill Core: Metal Condensates from the Impacting Body Below the Crater Floor", LSC VIII abstracts p.278-280 (1977)
Grieve 1988 Grieve R.A.F. et al, "Astronaut's Guide to Terrestrial Impact Craters", NASA Space Shuttle Earth Observation Project, LPI Technical Report Number 88-03, Lunar and Planetary Institute (March 1988)
Hodge 1994 Hodge, Paul W., ''Meteorite craters and impact structures of the Earth'', book, 122 pp, Cambridge University Press (1994)
Hörz 1975 Hörz F., Gall H., Huettner R., Oberbeck V.R. and Morrison R.H., "The Ries Crater and Lunar Basin Deposits", LSC VI abstracts p.396-398 (1975)
Hörz 1977 Hörz F., Gall H., Huettner R. and Oberbeck V.R., "Shallow Drilling in the "Bunte Breccia" Impact Deposits, Ries Crater, Germany", LSC VIII abstracts p.874-876 (1977)
Hörz 1978 Hörz F. and Oberbeck V.R., "Clast Population Studies in the "Bunte Breccia" Deposits of the Ries Crater, Germany", LPSC IX abstracts p.543-545 (1978)
MAPS May1999 Meteoritics & Planetary Science (May 1999)
Ostertag 1978 Ostertag R. and Stöffler D., "The Ries Crater Continuous Deposits: Sedimentological Investigations of Drill Core", LPSC IX abstracts p.844-846 (1978)
Pohl 1977 Pohl J., Stöffler D., Gall H. & Ernstson K., ''The Ries impact crater'', in: Impact and Explosion Cratering (eds. Roddy D.J., Pepin R.O., and Merrill R.B.), 343-404, Pergamon Press (1977)
Schmieder et.al. 2014b Martin Schmieder M., Trieloff M., Schwarz W.H., Buchner E. and Jourdan F., Supportive comment on: "Morphology and population of binary asteroid impact craters", by K. Miljkovic, G.S. Collins, S. Mannick and P.A. Bland [Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 363 (2013) 121-132] - An updated assessment, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 405, 281-284 (2014)
Simonds 1977 Simonds C.H., Phinney W.C. and Warner J.L., "Effect of Water on Cratering: A Review of Craters and Impactities on the Earth, Moon and Mars", LSC VIII abstracts p.874-876 (1977)
Stöffler 1977 Stöffler D., "Structure of the Ries Crater and Distribution of Target Rocks Within Different Types of Impact Breccias", LSC VIII abstracts p.908-910 (1977)
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