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Avalanches on Saturn’s moon baffles scientists

August 3rd, 2012 by Marc Comments

We love that every day something reminds us that no matter how smart we think we are, we truly have no idea about the universe around us…

Scientists gained a unique insight into another eco structure recently when they were able to observe thirty avalanches on the surface of ice moon Iapetus, one of Saturn’s moons. They think they may have been caused by meteorites and the hope is they can understand the mechanics of what causes them here on Earth.

The moon has a twelve mile high mountain ridge that is twice the size of Mount Everest and boasts near perfect conditions for avalanches to occur. And scientists have discovered that an ice avalanche up there can travel far longer distances than here. They have determined that one particular event was able to cascade for over fifty miles which is a heck of a drop. And that is across land which is also twenty to thirty times the height from which they fell in the first place.

It’s hard for us to imagine the sheer size of these mountains compared to ours but can’t you just see yourself looking up and going ‘wow!’ Another shining example of the surprises in our own solar system; just think what lies beyond.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….