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Pluto's polygons explained

Nature volume 534, pages 4041 (02 June 2016) | Download Citation

The Sputnik Planum basin of Pluto contains a sheet of nitrogen ice, the surface of which is divided into irregular polygons tens of kilometres across. Two studies reveal that vigorous convection causes these polygons. See Letters p.79 & 82

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  1. Andrew J. Dombard and Sean O'Hara are in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60607-7059, USA.

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