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Rosetta Stones

Rosetta Stones

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Where Volcanoes Snow

A probe sweeps through space. Roughly 4.5 million kilometers (2.6 million miles) away, you sit and watch images of another world appear. You notice a mottled surface, and on its horizon, jetting an incredible 260km (162mi) above its surface, a plume.This is the first volcano ever seen erupting outside your planet.This is a world where volcanic plumes are sulfur dioxide snow, and are so large they can be seen from Earth orbit by the Hubble Space Telescope, and from Earth-based telescopes as outbursts of infrared...

September 7, 2012 — Dana Hunter

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