Xanadu (Titan)
Xanadu (often called "Xanadu Regio", though this is not its official name) is a highly reflective area on the leading hemisphere of Saturn's moon Titan. Its name comes from an alternate transcription of Shangdu, the summer capital of the Yuan Dynasty established by Kublai Khan (Emperor Shizu) and made famous by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
The feature was first identified in 1994 by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope at infrared wavelengths, and has recently been imaged in more detail by the Cassini space probe. Xanadu is about the size of Australia. Preliminary observations indicate that Xanadu is a plateau-like region of highly reflective water ice, contrasting somewhat with the darker lower regions. These in turn seem to contrast quite sharply with the very dark maria, which were once believed to be seas of liquid hydrocarbons, but are now thought to be plains.
Recent images by Cassini during encounters in October and December 2004 reveal complex albedo patterns in the western portion of Xanadu. While scientists are still debating the significance and cause of the albedo patterns, one likely culprit is tectonism. Evidence for this exists in a pattern of criss-crossing dark lineaments near the western side of Xanadu. Scientists are also investigating the boundary between Xanadu and Shangri-la, a dark region to the west. The shape of the boundary suggests that the dark material embays the bright terrain.
Radar images taken by Cassini have revealed dunes, hills, rivers and valleys present on Xanadu. The features are likely carved in water ice by liquid methane or ethane. Water ice behaves similarly to rock at the pressures and temperatures present on Titan's surface.

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Xanadu (often called "Xanadu Regio", though this is not its official name) is a highly reflective area on the leading hemisphere of Saturn's moon Titan. Its name  ...
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The Mysterious Earthlike "Xanadu" of Saturn's Titan - The Daily Galaxy
Sep 29, 2011 ... Three of Titan's major surface features -- dunes, craters and the enigmatic Xanadu -- appear in this radar image above from NASA's Cassini ...
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NASA - Cassini Reveals Titan's Xanadu Region to Be an Earth-Like ...
Jul 19, 2006 ... New radar images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft revealed geological features similar to Earth on Xanadu, an Australia-sized, bright region on ...
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Earthlike "Continent" Found on Saturn Moon
Jul 21, 2006 ... New radar images from the Cassini spacecraft reveal that Titan's continent-size Xanadu region has river valleys, hills, plains, and mountains ...
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Regional geomorphology and history of Titan's Xanadu ... - PIRL
Titan's enigmatic Xanadu province has been seen in some detail with ... Xanadu contains evolved and integrated river channels, impact craters, and dry basins ...
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Cassini Surveys the Dunes of Xanadu on Titan - Universe Today
Aug 10, 2011 ... The name “Xanadu” just sounds exotic and enticing, and given that this region on Titan is right next to Shangri-la, how can we not be intrigued ...
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Titan's Xanadu region: Geomorphology and formation scenario
The geologic history of Titan's Xanadu region is different from that of the other surface units on Saturn's moon. A previously proposed origin of western Xanadu  ...
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On Titan's Xanadu region - ScienceDirect
The feature is centered at 10°S, 120°W on Titan, encompasses much of Titan's western Xanadu region, and has an off-center, quasi-circular, inner margin about  ...
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Xanadu Regio | astronomy | Encyclopedia Britannica
... in near-infrared wavelengths by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1994 revealed a bright continent-sized region, later named Xanadu Regio, on Titan's leading ...
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It is unclear whether Xanadu is a mountain range, a giant basin, a smooth plain or a ... known is that in Earth-based images, it is the brightest region on Titan.
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Sep 29, 2011 ... Three of Titan's major surface features -- dunes, craters and the ... Lunine, Cassini interdisciplinary scientist at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
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Xanadu (often called "Xanadu Regio", though this is not its official name) is a highly reflective area on the leading hemisphere of Saturn's moon Titan. Its name  ...
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4Stanford University, CA. Introduction: Xanadu is the most unusual region on Titan, being exceptionally bright in visible and ra- dar wavelengths, and extreme in ...
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Jul 21, 2006 ... ... spacecraft reveal that Titan's continent-size Xanadu region has river ... Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
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Titan Unveiled: Saturn's Mysterious Moon Explored
Ralph Lorenz, Jacqueline Mitton, 2010
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Ralph Lorenz, 2010
For twenty-five years following the Voyager mission, scientists speculated about Saturn's largest moon, a mysterious orb clouded in orange haze. Finally, in 2005, the Cassini-Huygens probe successfully parachuted down through Titan's atmosphere, all the while transmitting images and data. In the early 1980s, when the two Voyager spacecraf...
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Robert Hanbury Brown, Jean-Pierre Lebreton, John H. Waite, 2009
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Space Atlas: Mapping the Universe and Beyond
Space Atlas: Mapping the Universe and Beyond
2012
Filled with lavish illustrations, this book is a grand tour of the universe. Three ever widening domains are presented--the planets, the stars, and the large scale universe itself--each including the ones before it and extending outward.The tour starts close to home within the first domain, our own solar system. There is a tremendous variety here, ...
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Alien Seas: Oceans in Space
2013
Oceans were long thought to exist in all corners of the Solar System, from carbonated seas percolating beneath the clouds of Venus to features on the Moon's surface given names such as "the Bay of Rainbows” and the "Ocean of Storms." With the advent of modern telescopes and spacecraft exploration these ancient concepts of planet...
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It is considered that those areas of Titan were oceans, however that they are at the moment arid. ShangriLa is studded with brilliant 'islands' of developed terrain. It is delimited by the greater areas of elevated ground: Xanadu (Titan)|Xanadu to  ...
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Michael Meltzer, 2015
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Radar glories in Titan rivers | The Planetary Society
Wow, this is a cool paper. Here's the gist: the Cassini RADAR team has spotted some river channels on Titan that shine so brightly in radar images, there must be something special going on to explain that brightness.
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