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Fluvial channels on Titan: Initial Cassini RADAR observations

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R.D. Lorenz, R.M. Lopes, F. Paganelli, J.I. Lunine, Randolph L. Kirk, K.L. Mitchell, Laurence A. Soderblom, E.R. Stofan, G. Ori, M. Myers, H. Miyamoto, J. Radebaugh, B. Stiles, S.D. Wall, and C.A. Wood, 2008, Fluvial channels on Titan: Initial Cassini RADAR observations: Planetary and Space Science, v. 56, iss. 8.

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Cassini radar images show a variety of fluvial channels on Titan's surface, often several hundreds of kilometers in length. Some (predominantly at low- and mid-latitude) are radar-bright and braided, resembling desert washes where fines have been removed by energetic surface liquid flow, presumably from methane rainstorms. Others (predominantly at high latitudes) are radar-dark and meandering and drain into or connect polar lakes, suggesting slower-moving flow depositing fine-grained sediments. A third type, seen predominantly at mid- and high latitudes, have radar brightness patterns indicating topographic incision, with valley widths of up to 3 km across and depth of several hundred meters. These observations show that fluvial activity [...]

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