[ sur-tis ]
/ ˈsɜr tɪs /
an area in the northern hemisphere and near the equator of Mars, appearing as a dark region when viewed telescopically from the earth.
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British Dictionary definitions for syrtis major
/ (ˈsɜːtɪs) /
a conspicuous dark region visible in the N hemisphere of Mars
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