Scientists conclude that Pluto peaks are ice volcanoes.
NASA has identified a group of ice volcanoes on Pluto that are different from those known in our solar system.
The study, published in the journal Nature, states that NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft saw this for the first time on Pluto.
The volcanoes found on Pluto do not emit hot lava like the volcanoes on Earth. Pluto volcano emits large amounts of ice. The water is frozen inside it.
Scientists have named these ice-filled volcanoes cryo-volcanoes. Scientists estimate that there are 10 or more cryovolcanoes.
They are all 1 to 7 kilometers high and spread over an area of 30 to 100 kilometers. It is difficult to say how long these volcanoes are formed on Pluto.
Such volcanoes have not been found on any other planet. Such mysterious volcanoes discovered in research have never been seen before in the solar system.
Although many other satellites in the solar system have ice volcanoes, they are very different from the volcanoes found on Pluto. Scientists now hope to find similar cryovolcanoes on other planets.
According to the lead author of the study, Kelsey Singer, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado, said Pluto contains nitrogen ice glaciers.
The Snow made from nitrogen gas evaporates during the day and solidifies again at night. As a result, Pluto’s surface color varies day and night.
Also, each part is different from the other. These unusual surface features were initially spotted when Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past in July 2015, providing the first close-up images of the icy former planet and its moons.