Volcanoes Found on All the Planets and Even Moons!

Date: 2020-01-08 11:00:08


It’s no big secret that volcanoes can build new lands. Let’s take the Hawaiian Islands for example. They were a result of underwater volcanic eruptions that pumped out molten rock. It reached the surface of the sea and formed landmasses.

But, did you know that the Earth isn’t the only body in our solar system with volcanoes? With technological advancements, we were able to explore (from afar) parts of the universe and discover volcanic activity on both planets and moons. Granted, some of them have been inactive for millions of years. But others are spewing all sorts of things into their atmospheres.

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– Most volcanic eruptions found on both moons and planets formed millions of years ago.
– Volcanos, as we know them, are mostly mountainous openings in the Earth’s surface that emit volcanic ash, lava, and gases.
– However, planets and moons beyond Mars are filled with gas and silicate rocks. These have cryovolcanoes.
– Instead of hot molten rock; they spew cold liquid or frozen gasses such as ammonia, methane, and water.
– Based on studies, only 4 bodies of our solar system have been proven to have active volcanoes, and only one of them is a planet. The planet is the Earth.
– The rest of them are moons. We have Triton – Neptune’s largest natural satellite. Then there’s Enceladus, which is Saturn’s 6th largest moon. And, the most troubling one: Io, which belongs to the Jupiter Gang.
– Io has hundreds of volcanic openings. Some of them blast frozen vapor, lava, and so-called volcanic snow. It was also hit by asteroids, just like other bodies in our solar system.
– Triton is the largest natural satellite of Neptune, and the first place where cryovolcanoes were observed.
– Cryovolcanoes hadn’t been discovered until 2005, so an extensive search in our solar system was limited.
– There’s no air or water on the surface of Venus – it just boils off. Venus has an extreme greenhouse effect.
– The tallest feature that resembles a volcano is the Maat Mons. It’s 3 miles in height.
– Mars also had a few volcanic features in the Tharsis Montes region. The largest one is the Olympus Mons.
– It stands 16 miles high and is 374 miles in diameter.
– Speaking of inactive volcanoes, Mercury had a ton. It’s now filled with craters, and as far as volcanic activity goes, nothing interesting happens.
– Lastly, we have the largest moon of Saturn – Titan. It’s the only identified moon with a dense atmosphere.
– One of the famous mountains there is the Doom Mons. However, there’s still some debate about whether it has active volcanoes.

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