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Large, lobate landslide in Iapetus' Engelier basin

Large, lobate landslide in Iapetus' Engelier basin


Large, lobate landslide in Iapetus' Engelier basin
Global view of Iapetus’ bright, trailing hemisphere and a close up of a large, lobate type landslide in the Engelier basin (~250 m/px). The landslide extends up to 80 km away from the 10 km high Engelier rimwall. There are several landslides along the walls of Engelier, likely accounting for the crenulated appearance of the basin (rather than a perfectly circular rim). The landslide shown exhibits multiple, overlapping lobes, and there is a hint of longitudinal furrows (sets of ridges parallel to the lateral margins).

Zoomed high res: Cassini Product ID N1568145272

See also this photo of a blocky landslide

Landslides have also modified Iapetus' ridge:

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

Original image data dated on or about December 31, 2004

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