Triton's Geyser-Like Plumes: Discovery and Basic Characterization

  title={Triton's Geyser-Like Plumes: Discovery and Basic Characterization},
  author={L. Soderblom and S. Kieffer and T. L. Becker and R. H. Brown and A. Cook and C. J. Hansen and T. Johnson and R. Kirk and E. Shoemaker},
  pages={410 - 415}
  • L. Soderblom, S. Kieffer, +6 authors E. Shoemaker
  • Published 1990
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Science
  • At least four active geyser-like eruptions were discovered in Voyager 2 images of Triton, Neptune's large satellite. The two best documented eruptions occur as columns of dark material rising to an altitude of about 8 kilometers where dark clouds of material are left suspended to drift downwind over 100 kilometers. The radii of the rising columns appear to be in the range of several tens of meters to a kilometer. One model for the mechanism to drive the plumes involves heating of nitrogen ice… CONTINUE READING

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