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Shoreline Terrain on Saturn's Titan

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#79991 by @ 22.09.2005 00:00 - nach oben -
Shoreline Terrain on Saturn's Titan

What could have created this unusual terrain on Saturn's moon Titan?

The robotic Cassini spacecraft now orbiting
swooped once again, earlier this month, past the
Solar System's most enigmatic moon and
radar imaged a rich but unusual region that
appears to be some sort of shoreline.

The choppy, light-colored, high regions on the left appears to be have
channels cut by a moving fluid,
while the smoother dark regions on the right appear to outline bays.

Results from the
Huygens probe that
landed on
earlier this year imply that fluids, possibly
liquid methane and not water, might only occupy
some of these channels and bays intermittently.

The radar image
shown above spans about 200 kilometers.

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#79992 by @ 22.09.2005 00:04 - nach oben -
heisst d-m au saturn ?