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2006 Nature Publishing Group Methane drizzle on Titan

Summary:  2006 Nature Publishing Group
Methane drizzle on Titan
Tetsuya Tokano1
, Christopher P. McKay2
, Fritz M. Neubauer1
, Sushil K. Atreya3
, Francesca Ferri4
Marcello Fulchignoni5,6
& Hasso B. Niemann7
Saturn's moon Titan shows landscapes with fluvial features1
suggestive of hydrology based on liquid methane. Recent efforts
in understanding Titan's methane hydrological cycle have focused
on occasional cloud outbursts near the south pole24
or cloud
streaks at southern mid-latitudes5,6
and the mechanisms of their
formation. It is not known, however, if the clouds produce rain or
if there are also non-convective clouds, as predicted by several


Source: Atreya, Sushil - Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science, University of Michigan


Collections: Physics