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Lat: 69.8°S, Long: 26.0°W, Diam: 119 km, Depth: 2.77 km, Rükl: 72

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Klaproth is an easy to identify crater, but there isn't much to see once you've found it. Like many craters in the southern highlands it is old with worn rim, smoothed out terraces, flat floor that is obviously younger than the rim, and no central peak. On it's floor, low Sun images show some low mare-type ridges which are probably draped over pre-existing floor craters buried by the smooth material. Klaproth has been overlapped by Casatus to the south, which make the pair of craters easily recognized when observing.
- tychocrater Jul 15, 2007

Description: Elger

(IAU Directions) KLAPROTH.--Casatus partially overlaps this still larger but less massive formation on its S.W. flank. The walls of Klaproth are much lower and very irregular and broken, especially on the E. There are some ridges on the floor. The neighbouring region is covered with unnamed objects, large and small.

Description: Wikipedia


Additional Information

Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
  • Westfall, 2000: 2.77 km
  • Viscardy, 1985: 4.3 km
  • Cherrington, 1969: 3.1 km


Martin Heinrich Klaproth (1 December 1743 – 1 January 1817) was a German chemist and mineralogist. Klaproth was the leading chemist of his time in Germany. An exact and conscientious worker, he did much to improve and systematize the processes of analytical chemistry and mineralogy. He was the first to discover uranium, zirconium and titanium, and to characterize them as distinct elements, and he elucidated the composition of numerous substances, including compounds of the then newly recognized elements: tellurium, strontium, cerium and chromium.

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