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 (ī-ăp′ĭ-təs, ē-ăp′-)
1. Greek Mythology A Titan who was the father of Prometheus and Atlas and an ancestor of the human race.
2. A satellite of Saturn.

[Latin Īapetus, from Greek Īapetos.]


(Celestial Objects) a large outer satellite of the planet Saturn
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Noun1.Iapetus - (Greek mythology) the Titan who was father of Atlas and Epimetheus and Prometheus in ancient mythology
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
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Like it or no, this is how it is decreed; for aught I care, you may go to the lowest depths beneath earth and sea, where Iapetus and Saturn dwell in lone Tartarus with neither ray of light nor breath of wind to cheer them.
Exceptions are only made in special cases, as the Sons of Iapetus (ll.
The ash for both bentonites originated from tectonically active margins of the Iapetus Palaeo-Ocean at a distance of more than 1000-2000 km (Torsvik & Rehnstrom 2003) from the study site and accordingly both eruptions are considered as very large volcanic events.
Iapetus, the third largest of Saturn's many moons, is well-known for its two-faced appearance, with one side of its surface composed of dark and nonreflective, blackened material, while the other side is made up of a very bright, freshly gleaming, and highly reflective ice.
Provenance and Tectonic Evolution of Ganderia: Constraints on the Evolution of the Iapetus and Rheic Oceans.
5-cm telescope will show Rhea and sometimes Iapetus (which varies in brightness because it has a large dark surface feature), while a slightly larger telescope shows Enceladus, Tethys and Dione.
Enceladus, Titan, Dione, Mimas, Rhea, Tethys, Iapetus, Hyperion and Phoebe were just some of Saturn's known moons.
The IAPETUS partnership, named after the ancient ocean that closed to bring together Northern England and Scotland, is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
At the time of their deposition, one tectonic plate was being subducted beneath another at the closure of the Iapetus Ocean.
53], suggest the existence of subduction zone related volcanic arc complexes within the Iapetus Ocean near the western border of the Baltica paleocontinent in the Late Cambrian and Tremadoc.
Many observers were able to detect the satellites Titan, Rhea, Iapetus, Dione and Tethys, either visually or by digital imaging.