Pluto has two unique ice volcanoes in the entire solar system

A study conducted by scientists from the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado has provided more information on ice volcanoes on Pluto. Using images from the New Horizons spacecraft, the researchers focused on an area of ​​features never before seen in the solar system.

Scientists analyzed images of two mounds named Wright Mons and Piccard Monscaptured by New Horizons in July 2015. Although NASA considered them cryovolcanoes at the time, the new study provides more data on their formation.

The Wright Mons is between 4 and 5 km high and Its shape is similar to that of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii.. It has an extension of 150 km and at the top it has a crater with a depth equal to or greater than the height of the mountain.

The flanks of Wright Mons and much of the surrounding terrain, including nearby skyscrapers, exhibit a wavy/bumpy texture that ranges in wavelength/scale from a few kilometers to about 20 km wide.

Large-scale cryovolcanic resurgence on Pluto. Singer, KN, White, OL, Schmitt, B.

This elevation may have formed by condensation and sublimation of thick methane deposits. For its part, the Piccard Mons has a height of 7 km and an extension of nearly 250 km. The crater has a conical shape and its depth is almost 5 km.