Giant ice volcano may have been found on Titan


Astronomers have announced the discovery of a potential new ice volcano on Saturn’s moon Titan.

Named Sotra, the volcano is more than 3,000 feet (1 kilometer) tall and has a 1-mile-deep (1.2-kilometer) pit alongside it. Surrounded by giant sand dunes, it is thought to be the largest in a string of several volcanoes that once spewed molten ice from deep beneath the moon’s surface.

“We think we have found the strongest case yet for an ice volcano on Titan,” said Randy Kirk, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Ariz. “What we see is not just a flow like we see in other places, it’s like a volcanic field would be on Earth.”