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Pluto: 'recent' volcanism raises puzzle – how can such a cold body power eruptions?

By David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University
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Pluto, the Solar System’s largest dwarf planet, just became even more interesting with a report that icy lava flows have recently covered substantial tracts of its surface. In this context, “recently” means probably no more than a billion years ago. That’s old, of course – and there is no suggestion that volcanoes are still active – but it’s only a quarter the age of the Solar System and no one knows how Pluto brewed up the heat needed to power these eruptions.

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