Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

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Cantaloupe Terrain

  • Joseph M. Boyce
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_33


Terrain type on Triton of uniformly spaced and evenly distributed cell-like structures.


The cantaloupe terrain is comprised of sparsely cratered, uniformly sized, and closely spaced nearly circular features that form intersecting sets of structures of folds or faults. They consists of two morphologic elements (Ivanov and Borozdin 1991): (1) the ovoid cell-like structures that are depressed by a few hundred meters (Schenk 2008) and 30–40 km across (their number is well over 100) (Schenk and Jackson 1993) and (2) the matrix-like material between them. The cell-like structures typically are so close together that they butt against each other but do not dissect each other. Spacing and width of the circular depressions increase northward, probably indicating thickness change.

The boundary of the cantaloupe terrain with the adjacent terrain is gradual.

The cantaloupe terrain is crisscrossed by  ridgesthat are morphologically similar to fractures and ridges on Europa...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and PlanetologyUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA