Reorientation and faulting of Pluto due to volatile loading within Sputnik Planitia

  title={Reorientation and faulting of Pluto due to volatile loading within Sputnik Planitia},
  author={J. T. Keane and I. Matsuyama and S. Kamata and J. Steckloff},
  • J. T. Keane, I. Matsuyama, +1 author J. Steckloff
  • Published 2016
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Pluto is an astoundingly diverse, geologically dynamic world. The dominant feature is Sputnik Planitia—a tear-drop-shaped topographic depression approximately 1,000 kilometres in diameter possibly representing an ancient impact basin. The interior of Sputnik Planitia is characterized by a smooth, craterless plain three to four kilometres beneath the surrounding rugged uplands, and represents the surface of a massive unit of actively convecting volatile ices (N2, CH4 and CO) several kilometres… CONTINUE READING

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