Koitere Lacus

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Koitere Lacus
Liquid lakes on titan.jpg
False-color Cassini radar image of hydrocarbon lakes on Titan (2006), showing Koitere Lacus in the middle distance, to the left of center, with a prominent island.
Feature type Lacus
Coordinates 79°24′N 36°08′W / 79.4°N 36.14°W / 79.4; -36.14Coordinates: 79°24′N 36°08′W / 79.4°N 36.14°W / 79.4; -36.14
Diameter 68 km[note 1]
Eponym Koitere

Koitere Lacus is one of a number of hydrocarbon lakes found on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The lake is composed of liquid methane and ethane,[1] and was detected by the space probe Cassini.

The lacus is located at coordinates 79.4°N and 36.14°W on Titan's globe,[2] in a region close to the north pole where most of Titan's lakes are located. The lake is 68 km in length,[note 1] and is named after Koitere, a lake in Finland.[2]


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


  1. ^ Coustenis, A.; Taylor, F. W. (21 July 2008). Titan: Exploring an Earthlike World. World Scientific. pp. 154–155. ISBN 978-981-281-161-5. 
  2. ^ a b "Koitere Lacus". USGS planetary nomenclature page. USGS. Retrieved 2015-05-23.  External link in |work= (help)