Mountain (Titan)

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-9213-9_508-1

Definition

“Elevated blocks and ridge-forming block chains” on Titan (Radebaugh et al. 2007).

Synonyms

Description

The features are radar-bright in texture as seen by Cassini’s Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) of relatively high topography that refers to as mountains. Mountains form isolated blocks or ranges within flat, low-lying plains, except for Xanadu (Radebaugh et al. 2007). Mountain blocks are surrounded by SAR-bright aureoles (Radebaugh et al. 2011). Some mountain channels end abruptly at mountain foots.

Morphometry

Highest relief on Titan 2 km (Radebaugh et al. 2007). Mountain blocks are about 50 km across in Xanadu (Radebaugh et al. 2011).

Subtypes

Mountain classification scheme (Radebaugh et al. 2008):
  1. (1)

    Radar-bright and isolated peaks in high contrast to surrounding terrain

     
  2. (2)

    Radar-bright, high, elongated mountain ranges

     
  3. (3)

    Homogenous, nondescript radar-bright features with no or low slopes or peaks

     
  4. (4)

    Expansive,...

Keywords

Titan Hydrocarbon Radar Orogenesis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geological SciencesBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA
  2. 2.Planetary Science Research Group, Department of Physical GeographyInstitute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Eötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary