Saturn’s satellite found dried lakes and traces of volcanic activity

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Specialists from the United States Planetology Institute analyzed a number of images taken by the Cassini apparatus and came to the conclusion that processes are boiling on a Saturn satellite called Titan. Perhaps to this day volcanic explosions continue on it.

According to the findings of senior researcher Charles Wood and his colleagues, the explosions are provoked by several elements – nitrogen, methane and some other substances. Many craters have a “fresh look”, which indicates a possible recent eruption.

In the obtained images, scientists noticed about twelve depressions up to ten kilometers long. The restoration of the three-dimensional shape of these objects suggested that these are standard volcanic formations or their shield variety, which is often found in Hawaiian volcanoes, for example.

Specialists from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena analyzed some sparkling spots on the equator of Saturn’s satellite and came to the conclusion that these are dry lakes. In the 2000s, radio telescopes picked up signals from the equatorial regions of Titan.

These radio signals were electromagnetic waves that reflected off the surface of the satellite. Ponds were needed for reflection. In 2004, it was proved that lakes and seas actually exist, only the liquid in them consists of ethane and methane, and not water. Where the liquid disappeared today is unknown. It may have evaporated under the influence of solar radiation.


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