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Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, March 24, 2017/Categories: natural history, video, space science, environment, adventure
Radar Scan of Possible Cryovolcano on Titan (credit: Cassini/USGS)
Ice volcanoes (cryovolcanoes) are thought to be a geomorphological process found on icy moons like Europa, Enceladus, and the dwarf-planets of Pluto and Ceres. On Saturn's giant moon Titan, parts of the terrain resembles cones, craters, and flows similar to volcanoes on Earth. On Titan, any lava would consist of slushy ices and hydrocarbon compounds rather than molten rock. According to NASA, ice volcanoes has been problematic up to now but they could solve the mystery of methane in Titan's atmosphere as Cassini radar scans appear to indicate.
Tiny ice volcanoes have even formed on the shore of Lake Onterio in Canada.
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