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Building mountains on Ceres

The large domes found on the dwarf planet Ceres may not result from cryovolcanism, but from solid-state flow analogous to salt doming on Earth, according to numerical simulations of gravitational loading.

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Fig. 1: Perspective view of Ahuna Mons, the most prominent dome on Ceres.

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Küppers, M. Building mountains on Ceres. Nat. Geosci. 12, 786–787 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-019-0459-7

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