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.