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Surface features on Titan form like Earth’s, but with a frigid twist

6 Aug 2009, 18:00 UTC
Surface features on Titan form like Earth’s, but with a frigid twist

Saturn’s haze-enshrouded moon Titan turns out to have much in common with Earth in the way that weather and geology shape its terrain, according to two pieces of research to be presented at the XXVII General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Wind, rain, volcanoes, tectonics and other Earth-like processes all sculpt features on Titan’s complex and varied surface in an environment more than 100 °C colder on average than Antarctica.

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