This image is an adaptation of a figure from an article by Paul Helfenstein, Peter C.Thomas and Joseph Veverka published in the March 23, 1989 issue of Nature. The color image is an albedo map of Umbriel after shading correction and contrast enhancement. Dark regions are represented as red and bright regions are represented as blue. The two white regions are bright ejecta from two fresh craters. In the article the authors suggested that the dark areas are the result of an internally driven resurfacing event early in Umbriel's history involving darker material. Similar ice volcanism is also seen on Miranda, Ariel, and possibly on Oberon. They also state that the limited data also hint that the darker regions are lower in elevation. (Courtesy A.Tayfun Oner)
This image is Copyright © 1997 by A. Tayfun Oner. Any commercial/for-profit use of this image needs to be addressed to Calvin J. Hamilton.