Ay, Caramba! 'Bart Simpson' Landslide Reveals Ceres' Icy Innards

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Ceres may look like an ancient, inert mass of dusty rock hanging out in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, but the dwarf planet is proving itself to be to be a dynamic and fascinating place....Now it looks like landslides can be added to the mix. In a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, researchers have identified "flow features" on Ceres that look very much like landslides that occur on Earth (including one that looks surprisingly like TV's Bart Simpson) -- all of which are driven by the presence of water ice...."These landslides offer us the opportunity to understand what's happening in the upper few kilometers of Ceres," said Heather Chilton, co-author of the paper and a graduate student in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. EAS Assistant Professor Britney Schmidt was the lead author on the study, and EAS graduate student Justin Lawrence was a co-author.

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Aerospace
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College of Sciences, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Ceres, Britney Schmidt, Heather Chilton, Justin Lawrence, ice, landslides, Dawn
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  • Created By: Renay San Miguel
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  • Created On: Apr 19, 2017 - 1:43pm
  • Last Updated: Apr 19, 2017 - 4:09pm