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Lat: 53.1°S, Long: 178.1°E, Diam: 57 km, Depth: km, Rükl: (farside)

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Left: Clementine image. Right: Colo-coded LAC 36 image from the USGS Digital Atlas.


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Boyle is a crater of the pre-Nectarian period (~ 4.6 to 3.92 bn years), and lies very close to the central region (54.2S, 168.7W) of the South Pole Aitken Basin -- a 2500 kilometre-wide basin created during the same period. The crater looks relatively fresh for its age -- displaying a sharp-ish rim all around, but whose southern parts have experienced a series of bombardment. An obvious-looking groove running from the crater's eastern rim right along towards the south-west section has formed between landslided material and a once terrace. Is the unusual-looking groove, perhaps, the result of natural slumping afterwards between the two contact points, or, have subsequent impacts in the region played, in part, a role, causing the clump of material to slide inwards further onto Boyle's floor?- JohnMoore2

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