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NASA: Giant ice volcanoes identified on Pluto by New Horizons spacecraft

NASA: Giant ice volcanoes identified on Pluto by New Horizons spacecraft

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Strange lumpy terrain on Pluto unlike anything previously observed in the solar system indicates that giant ice volcanoes were active relatively recently on the dwarf plane

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The observation, which was made by analysing images taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, suggests that Pluto's interior was hotter much later than previously thought

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Rather than shooting lava into the air, ice volcanoes ooze a "thicker, slushy icy-water mix or even possibly a solid flow like glaciers", said Kelsi Singer

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Ice volcanoes were already thought to be on several chilly moons in the solar system, but Pluto's "look so different from anything else we ever have seen", Singer told AFP.

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"The features on Pluto are the only vast field of very large icy volcanoes and they have a unique texture of undulating terrain."

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"The features on Pluto are the only vast field of very large icy volcanoes and they have a unique texture of undulating terrain."

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