Bolsena Lacus

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Bolsena Lacus
PIA10008 Bolsena Lacus.jpg
False-color Cassini synthetic aperture radar image of hydrocarbon lakes on Titan. Bolsena Lacus is at center, with Sotonera Lacus to its upper right.
Feature type Lacus
Coordinates 75°48′N 10°18′W / 75.8°N 10.3°W / 75.8; -10.3Coordinates: 75°48′N 10°18′W / 75.8°N 10.3°W / 75.8; -10.3
Diameter 101 km[note 1]
Eponym Lake Bolsena

Bolsena Lacus is one of a number of hydrocarbon lakes found on Saturn's largest moon, Titan.[1][2]

Bolsena Lacus is located near the north pole of Titan, centered on latitude 75.75°N and longitude 10.28°W, and measures 101 km in length.[2][note 1] It is situated in a north polar region where the majority of Titan's large lakes are found.

The lake is composed of liquid methane and ethane,[3] and was detected by the Cassini space probe. It was named in 2007 after Lake Bolsena in Italy.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The USGS web site gives the size as a "diameter", but it is actually the length in the longest dimension.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert Hanbury Brown, Jean-Pierre Lebreton, John H. Waite, Titan from Cassini-Huygens (Springer, 2009) page 508.
  2. ^ a b c "Bolsena Lacus". USGS planetary nomenclature. USGS. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  3. ^ Coustenis, A.; Taylor, F. W. (21 July 2008). Titan: Exploring an Earthlike World. World Scientific. pp. 154–155. ISBN 978-981-281-161-5. OCLC 144226016. 

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