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An Impact Structure in Brain Terrain

An Impact Structure in Brain Terrain
We call the convoluted flow textures seen in the middle latitudes “brain terrain” because it resembles the cerebral cortex of human brains.

There are very few well-defined impact craters on this terrain, indicating that some process is geologically recent. But here we see a relatively large (280-meter diameter) circular structure that is most likely a relaxed impact crater. Both the brain terrain and the relaxed crater are consistent with ice-rich ground.

This crater appears to be superimposed over and is younger than the brain terrain, or maybe it is older and its presence inhibited later formation of brain terrain. This kind of ambiguity makes it difficult to place age constraints on geologic activity using the statistics of impact craters.

ID: ESP_080792_2210
date: 21 October 2023
altitude: 300 km

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Black & white is less than 5 km across; enhanced color is less than 1 km. For full observation details, visit the ID link.