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Lakshmi Planum

The southern scarp and basin province of western Ishtar Terra are portrayed in this vertically exaggerated 3-dimensional perspective view. Western Ishtar Terra is about the size of Australia and is a major focus of Magellan investigations. The highland terrain is centered on a 2.5 km to 4 km-high (1.5 mi to 2.5 mi-high) plateau, Lakshmi Planum, which can be seen in the distance at the right. Here, the surface of the plateau drops precipitously into the bounding lowlands. Vertical exaggeration in this image is about 20 times.

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