Sotonera Lacus

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Sotonera 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 76°45′N 17°29′W / 76.75°N 17.49°W / 76.75; -17.49Coordinates: 76°45′N 17°29′W / 76.75°N 17.49°W / 76.75; -17.49
Diameter 63 km[note 1]
Eponym Lake Sotonera

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

Sotonera Lacus is located near the north pole of Titan, centered on latitude 76.75°N and longitude 17.49°W, and measures 63 km in length.[1][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,[2] and was detected by the space probe Cassini. It was named in 2007 after Lake Sotonera in Spain.[1]


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


  1. ^ a b c "Sotonera Lacus". USGS planetary nomenclature page. USGS. Retrieved 2013-12-31.  External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ 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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