NASA scientist Dr. Rosaly Lopes says that Titan, a moon of Saturn, may have cryovolcanoes.
Lopes has studied volcanoes on Earth, which spew hot, molten rock known as lava. Cryovolcanoes erupt with different materials. “These satellites have ice crusts,” she says. “And under the ice crusts, there is a layer of water, or perhaps water with something else like ammonia, and if that liquid can come to the surface, that is what we call cryovolcanism. It just means cold volcanism.”
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Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry ammonia Noun
a gas (NH3) important to food production.
rocky outermost layer of Earth or other planet.
Encyclopedic Entry: crust cryovolcano Noun
volcano that erupts with ice, water, and other materials (such as methane and ammonia), instead of molten rock and ash. Also called an ice volcano.
water in its solid form.
Encyclopedic Entry: ice lava Noun
molten rock, or magma, that erupts from volcanoes or fissures in the Earth's surface.
solid material turned to liquid by heat.
natural satellite of a planet.
Encyclopedic Entry: moon Saturn Noun
sixth planet from the sun.
largest moon of the planet Saturn.