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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Titan lakes, wet and dry

Filed under Cassini, pretty pictures, Titan, Saturn's moons, hydrology

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Titan lakes, wet and dry Cassini VIMS/RADAR hybrid image of filled and dry lakes south of Titan's methane sea Ligeia Mare. The brightness of the image is determined by synthetic aperture radar which indicates roughness, and the colors by Cassini's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer indicate composition. Some of the small lakes in the image are filled (cyan arrows). Other lakes show lacustrine morphology, but no evidence for liquids. Some of those dry lakes have the same composition as the surrounding terrain, but others show evaporites in bright orange.

NASA / JPL / UA

Original image data dated on or about November 1, 2012

 

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