Cassini (Martian crater)
- For the lunar crater, see Cassini (lunar crater). For other things named Cassini, see Cassini (disambiguation).
|Eponym||Giovanni Domenico Cassini|
Recent research leads scientists to believe that some of the craters in Arabia may have held huge lakes. Cassini Crater probably once was full of water since its rim seems to have been breached by the waters. Both inflow and outflow channels have been observed on its rim. The lake would have contained more water than Earth's Lake Baikal, our largest freshwater lake by volume.
Map of Arabia quadrangle with major craters. Cassini is in the upper right.
Crater in the middle of Cassini crater, as seen by HiRISE.
- Fassett, C. and J. Head III. 2008. Valley network-fed, open-basin lakes on Mars: Distribution and implications for Noachian surface and subsurface hydrology. Icarus: 198. 39-56.
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