Russia

Russia

Courtesy of NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA10624


Impact crater? Volcano? Neither. This is an unusual example of an eroded dome mountain. The Kondyor Massif, located in eastern Siberia, Russia, is an igneous intrusion that pushed up the surrounding rocks. The river flowing from the center carried the softer sediments away and exposed the intrusion. The rock is rich in platinum, including coarse crystals of Platinum-Iron alloy, coated with gold.