Release of volatiles from a possible cryovolcano from near-infrared imaging of Titan

@article{Sotin2005ReleaseOV,
  title={Release of volatiles from a possible cryovolcano from near-infrared imaging of Titan},
  author={Christophe Sotin and Ralf Jaumann and Bonnie J. Buratti and R. Hamilton Brown and Roger N. Clark and Laurence A. Soderblom and Kevin H. Baines and Giancarlo Bellucci and J. P. Bibring and Fabrizio Capaccioni and Priscilla Cerroni and Michel Combes and Angioletta Coradini and Dale P. Cruikshank and Pierre Drossart and Vittorio Formisano and Y. Langevin and Dennis Matson and Thomas B. McCord and Robert M. Nelson and Philip D. Nicholson and Bruno Sicardy and S. Lemou{\'e}lic and S{\'e}bastien Rodriguez and Katrin Stephan and C. K. Scholz},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2005},
  volume={435},
  pages={786-789}
}
Titan is the only satellite in our Solar System with a dense atmosphere. The surface pressure is 1.5 bar (ref. 1) and, similar to the Earth, N2 is the main component of the atmosphere. Methane is the second most important component, but it is photodissociated on a timescale of 107 years (ref. 3). This short timescale has led to the suggestion that Titan may possess a surface or subsurface reservoir of hydrocarbons to replenish the atmosphere. Here we report near-infrared images of Titan… 

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