Pluto has some peculiar features that are hard to explain!

Pluto has some peculiar features that are hard to explain!

Updated on April 05, 2022 15:27 PM by Ella Bina


It is a dwarf planet, a donut-shaped region of icy bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune. Millions of icy objects are collectively called Kuiper Belt Objects in the part of the solar system.The surface is characterized by valleys, mountains, plains, and craters. Pluto's tallest mountains are 6500 to 9800 feet in height. The temperature on Pluto can be as cold as -375 to -400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wright Mons

A mountain feature Wright Mons found on Pluto, rises 4-5km and about 150 km across its base. It had a central depression 40-50km wide, with the floor at least as low as the surrounding terrain.Wright Mons and Piccard Mons is a similar feature first seen in New Horizon photographs that described s cryovolcanoes.

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Icy surface

Researchers expected features made from semi-liquid ice found on the Pluto surface.It is a hollowed-out area produced by the impact of a meteorite, volcanic activity, or an explosion—craters created by the collision of a meteorite with the earth.When compared to peaks, the craters are large. The impact will hit both of the most prominent peaks in the area, but the problem is that no impact craters are visible in this region.


The terrain around the two peaks is highly uneven and uncovered in features like hummocks which was the best explanation by the authors.It primarily comes from the residual heat of the earth's formation and radioactive decay. The common heat source is tidal heating.There is not much nitrogen in this region, and the material is soft enough to flow down under the influence of gravity and not much methane in this area.


Mainly water is left; the problem of the melting point of water is much greater than the temperatures on the Pluto surface.There may be liquid water; the absence of visible craters in the region refers to being a reconstructed area.

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