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Lat: 40.4°S, Long: 133.4°W, Diam: 106 km, Depth: km, Rükl: (farside), pre-Nectarian

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Left: Clementine image from PDS Map-A-Planet. Right: Colo-coded Lac 122 from USGS Digital Atlas


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While Buffon is some 200 kilometres away from the Apollo Basin's south-eastern ring (~480 km, pre-Nec), the crater also lies on the north-eastern, outer ring of the South Pole Aitken Basin -- a 2500 kilometre-wide basin of the pre-Nectarian period (~ 4.6 to 3.92 bn years). Buffon's outer rim -- particularly its north-eastern sector and especiallly its western sector -- is practically non-existant, but while most of its southern sector looks relatively sharp, impacts in the region here have remodeled its extension southwards, thus, increasing the crater's size. The inner rim regions have traceable elements of terracing all around, however, their well-worn appearance blends easily into a relatively level floor. A pair of peaks lie at the centre of the floor, but the rest is covered in hundreds of small impact craters -- one, particularly in the south-west, showing a higher albedo than the surrounding region.- JohnMoore2

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Georges Louis Leclerc; French natural historian (1707-1788).

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