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Potential ice volcanoes found on Titan

By T.K. Randall
December 15, 2010 · Comment icon 5 comments



Image Credit: NASA
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted what could be ice volcanoes on one of Saturn's moons.
Long suspected to exist on ice-rich worlds the possibility of cryovolcanoes has been debated for years, similar in shape to volcanoes on Earth that spew molten rock the volcanoes on Titan have been identified by their topography and surface composition.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found possible ice volcanoes on Saturn's moon Titan that are similar in shape to those on Earth that spew molten rock.


Source: NASA | Comments (5)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 12 years ago
Flyover of Sotra Facula, Titan õ Play video This image is based on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and shows a flyover of an area of Saturn's moon Titan known as Sotra Facula. Scientists believe Sotra is the best case for an ice volcano -- or cryovolcano -- region on Titan. The flyover shows two peaks more than 1,000 meters (3,000 feet) tall and multiple craters as deep as 1,500 meters (5,000 feet). It also shows finger-like flows. All of these are land features that indicate cryovolcanism. The 3-D topography comes from Cassini's radar instrument. Topography has been vertically exaggerated... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by marcos anthony toledo 12 years ago
Titan continue to amaze us and it might join Europa as a place for life in the outer planets of the solar system is wonderful.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Twinkle Arora is back 12 years ago
LoL, its very unlikely that we live alone in this entire Universe, and its very loling that we haven't found any evidence of life even after discovering water on Mars and things like that! They just doesn't wanna let us know. But we already know.
Comment icon #4 Posted by electro13 12 years ago
Ice volcanos. Does that mean huge chunks of ice explode out the top? And instead of lava flows you'd have like mean glasiers flowing down the sides? That would be cool.
Comment icon #5 Posted by little_dreamer 12 years ago
Cool pictures of Titan. This is one of the most interesting areas in the Solar System to me.


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