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Snowy Enceladus


Cassini color image of “snowy” landscape of Enceladus. This terrain lies north of the geologically active south polar ridges and features a rolling terrain crosscut by narrow fractures. These recent fractures have rugged edges with a distinctly bluish color indicative of recently exposed ice. The rounded craters and older fractures have morphologies characteristic of thick accumulations of fine particulates, in this case fine particles of ice falling to the surface form the giant plumes to the south. This “snow” may be as much as 100 meters (325 feet) deep. The large fractured and “snow” covered crater at right is 22 kilometers (14 miles) wide. Resolution is approximately 70 meters (feet). Credit: Processing by Dr. Paul Schenk (Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston)

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