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Landslide in Iapetus' Malun crater

Landslide in Iapetus' Malun crater

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Landslide in Iapetus' Malun crater
Global view of Iapetus’ dark, leading hemisphere and a close up of a large, blocky type landslide in the crater Malun. Malun crater formed right on the edge of the large Turgis basin, which likely triggered the fall of material from the tall (~8 km) Turgis rimwalls. This landslide extends 55 km at its greatest length. The equatorial ridge is also visible in the global view, giving Iapetus a walnut-like appearance. Large white arrows indicate the direction of incoming sunlight.

See also this photo of a lobate landslide

Landslides have also modified Iapetus' ridge:

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Original image data dated on or about December 31, 2004

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