Dunes on Pluto

  title={Dunes on Pluto},
  author={M. Telfer and E. J. Parteli and J. Radebaugh and R. Beyer and T. Bertrand and F. Forget and F. Nimmo and W. Grundy and J. M. Moore and S. A. Stern and J. Spencer and T. Lauer and A. M. Earle and R. Binzel and H. Weaver and C. Olkin and L. Young and K. Ennico and K. Runyon},
  pages={992 - 997}
  • M. Telfer, E. J. Parteli, +16 authors K. Runyon
  • Published 2018
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Science
  • 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… CONTINUE READING

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