Scientists have devised an explanation for the origin of a strange, striated mountain on the planet Dwarf Ceres, a 600-mile-wide body, which runs around the sun in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The enormous peak, Akuna Mons, formed when a drop of salt, rocky mud from Deep Purple broke through the icy crust and froze, according to a study published on June 10 in the journal Nature Geoscience.
that the Ceres is geologically active, with a crater surface shaped partly by eruptions of not molten rock – as on Earth – but of liquid water. This so-called cryvulcanism was observed on several bodies in the solar system and was first observed on Triton from the moon of Neptune.
With a tip that extends from 4,000 to 5,000 meters above the surface, Akuna Mons is the Ceres. The highest mountain. It was discovered in 201
The size of the isolated peak and smooth contours – which are completely different from the general appearance of the dwarf planet – provoked
"My first reaction was that this was unbelievable," said study co-author Vladimir Neumann, a planetary scientist at the Institute for planetary research DLR in Berlin-Adlersof for the unusual mountain. "The second is, this is something I have never seen before in reality or in any paintings."
NASA says that "lonely mountain" is "like nothing humanity has ever seen before." Mons was probably formed by crypulcanic activity about 210 million years ago – relatively recently for a protoplanet that was formed about 4.5 billion years ago – but the new study gives a more complete picture of the process.
Neumann and the other members of an international team Researchers have explored the Ceres gravitational data from the Dawn spacecraft. The data reveal a large mass concentration under Aquuna Mons; scientists used computer modeling to show that the so-called mason is connected to the periphery of the underground material, which is the likely source of solar fluid forming the mountain. Models on the surface of the Ceres are calculated based on the image data obtained from a NASA spacecraft camera. The image presents a perspective view of Akuna Mons. "We were genuinely surprised that the data collected by Dawn's mission allowed us to provide additional information on the Akuna Mons Region," Antonio Genova, a geophysicist of the Roman University of Sapiensa and a leader of the team of researchers, said in an e-mail.
The presence of liquid water of Ceres suggests that it can be habitable. But Genova said while Serres could be "investigated about the possibility of habitation," the new study has not provided any evidence of the dwarf planet life.
"I do not think people think there is a Cesarean life," said Erwan Mazarico, a NASA spacecraft researcher at Greenbelt, Maryland, who did not participate in the new study. But, he added, "It's an interesting place to learn about the processes that can give birth to life."