Dunes on Pluto

  title={Dunes on Pluto},
  author={Matt W. Telfer and Eric Ribeiro Parteli and Jani Radebaugh and Ross A. Beyer and Tanguy Bertrand and François Forget and Francis Nimmo and William M. Grundy and Jeffrey M. Moore and S. Alan Stern and John R. Spencer and Tod R. Lauer and Alissa M. Earle and Richard P. Binzel and H. Weaver and Cathy B. Olkin and Leslie A. Young and Kimberly Ennico and Kirby D. Runyon},
  pages={992 - 997}
Methane ice dunes on Pluto Wind-blown sand or ice dunes are known on Earth, Mars, Venus, Titan, and comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Telfer et al. used images taken by the New Horizons spacecraft to identify dunes in the Sputnik Planitia region on Pluto (see the Perspective by Hayes). Modeling shows that these dunes could be formed by sand-sized grains of solid methane ice transported in typical Pluto winds. The methane grains could have been lofted into the atmosphere by the melting of… 

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