Triton's Plumes: The Dust Devil Hypothesis

  title={Triton's Plumes: The Dust Devil Hypothesis},
  author={A. Ingersoll and K. Tryka},
  pages={435 - 437}
  • A. Ingersoll, K. Tryka
  • Published 1990
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Triton's plumes are narrow columns 10 kilometers in height, with tails extending horizontally for distances over 100 kilometers. This structure suggests that the plumes are an atmospheric rather than a surface phenomenon. The closest terrestrial analogs may be dust devils, which are atmospheric vortices originating in the unstable layer close to the ground. Since Triton has such a low surface pressure, extremely unstable layers could develop during the day. Patches of unfrosted ground near the… CONTINUE READING
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