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damienpaul
2004-Jan-20, 05:06 PM
Okay so the subtitle is misleading.

I have a few questions about this unique place:

What drives the 'ice' volcanoes, of which Voyager, saw plenty?

I also read that as Triton has a retrograde orbit, like Venus around the sun. But the tidal influences is degrading teh orbit of Triton, could this be similar to Venus and how does this actually work?

What is it with Triton's Uranian like rotation?

And fianlly, are Triton and Pluto of a similar source?

Bluewolf027
2004-Jan-20, 07:58 PM
Here read this it answers all of your questions.... esxcept for the pluto question which I cant answer either because I don't really know that much about pluto.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triton_(moon) :D

Tiny
2004-Jan-20, 08:07 PM
That site is very helpful... this is my first time that hear such thing :erupting liquid nitrogen, dust, or methane compounds cause by the Sun...^^

Bluewolf027
2004-Jan-20, 08:24 PM
Here is another interesting story about Triton from a few years ago.
Anyone interested in the hubble pictures etc should spend some time at this site. It has a lot of great info.

http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/newsdesk/...s/1998/23/text/ (http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/newsdesk/archive/releases/1998/23/text/)

VanderL
2004-Jan-20, 08:39 PM
Very interesting, all this. Thanks for the links.
I just wonder, Earth's volcanoes are presumably the result of heat from radioactive decay, Io's volcanoes are the result of tidal forces, Triton's volcanoes are the result of seasonal heating from the Sun. Strange that so many different mechanisms should be necessary to explain volcanoes.
Cheers.

Tiny
2004-Jan-20, 09:19 PM
Yea...but one thing for sure, its the Sun that casue this...

seven
2004-Jan-21, 04:24 AM
Hi everyone,
About Triton and Pluto coming from the same souce - this may be the case.
If Triton is indeed a captured body, that is a similar size and composition as Pluto and taking into account Pluto's eccentrice orbit that crosses that of Neptune's - then both might well be escapies from the Kuiper Belt.

I, Brian
2004-Jan-21, 08:36 AM
Originally posted by seven@Jan 21 2004, 04:24 AM
Hi everyone,
About Triton and Pluto coming from the same souce - this may be the case.
If Triton is indeed a captured body, that is a similar size and composition as Pluto and taking into account Pluto's eccentrice orbit that crosses that of Neptune's - then both might well be escapies from the Kuiper Belt.
It's a popular theory, and makes a lot of sense.

damienpaul
2004-Jan-21, 08:52 AM
Perhaps, what we know of triton, i.e. maybe can be assumed to be similar to what would likely be found on Pluto. I.e. nitrogen ice, methane, tenuous atmosphere etc.