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Lakes and seas on Titan

Date: 17 June 2015
Satellite: Cassini
Copyright: Centre: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI/USGS; left and right: NASA/ESA. Acknowledgement: T. Cornet, ESA

A radar image of Titan's north polar regions (centre), with close ups of numerous lakes (left) and a large sea (right). The sea, Ligeia Mare, measures roughly 420 × 350 km and is the second largest known body of liquid hydrocarbons on Titan. Its shorelines extend for some 2000 km and many rivers can be seen draining into the sea. By contrast, the numerous lakes are typically less than 100 km across and have more rounded shapes with steep sides.

The radar images were created using data collected by the international Cassini spacecraft.

Last Update: 26 April 2016

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