The formation and evolution of the sand seas on Titan  

By combining climate modelling and observations of Titan's surface from the Cassini probe, a team from the AIM Laboratory (CNRS/CEA/Université Paris Diderot), in collaboration with researchers from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP/CNRS/Université Paris Diderot) and the Matière et Systèmes Complexes - MSC laboratory (CNRS/Université Paris Diderot), proposed a new method of training and growth of dunes at the satellite surface. This mode of growth, also observed in certain terrestrial deserts and on the planet Mars, would be present in a dominant way in the deserts of Titan and would make it possible to explain not only the shape of these dunes, their orientation and their direction of growth, but also their confinement in the tropical belt of the satellite.

Click here to read the press release in French on the CEA website 

E. Lemaitre, 2014-10-03 00:00:00


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