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Kondyor Massif, Russia
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Abstract: <p/> This is neither an impact crater nor a volcano. It is a perfect circular intrusion, about 10 km in diameter with a topographic ridge up to 600 m high. The Kondyor Massif is located in Eastern Siberia, Russia, north of the city of Khabarovsk. It is a rare form of igneous intrusion called alkaline-ultrabasic massif and it is full of rare minerals. The river flowing out of it forms placer mineral deposits. Last year 4 tons of platinum were mined there. A remarkable and very unusual mineralogical feature of the deposit is the presence of coarse crystals of Pt-Fe alloy, coated with gold. This 3-D perspective view was created by draping a simulated natural color ASTER composite over an ASTER-derived digital elevation model. <p/> The image was acquired on June 10, 2006, and is located at 57.6 degrees north latitude, 134.6 degrees east longitude. <p/> The U.S. science team is located at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The Terra mission is part of NASA's Science Mission Directorate.
Publication Date: Feb 19, 2008
NIX (Document) ID:
PIA10624
(Acquired May 16, 2008)
Document Type: Photograph
Publication Information: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Photojournal
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