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Jul 20 2015

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Pluto-y goodness

NASA’s New Horizons Discovers Frozen Plains in the Heart of Pluto’s ‘Heart’. These plains are practically brand-new geologically speaking (only a few millions of years old).

Scientists have two working theories as to how these segments were formed. The irregular shapes may be the result of the contraction of surface materials, similar to what happens when mud dries. Alternatively, they may be a product of convection, similar to wax rising in a lava lamp. On Pluto, convection would occur within a surface layer of frozen carbon monoxide, methane and nitrogen, driven by the scant warmth of Pluto’s interior.

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