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The evolution of Titan's mid-latitude clouds

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DOI: 10.1126/science.1117702

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Abstract

Spectra from Cassini's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer reveal that the horizontal structure, height, and optical depth of Titan's clouds are highly, dynamic. Vigorous cloud centers are seen to rise from the middle to the upper troposphere within 30 minutes and dissipate within the next hour. Their development indicates that Titan's clouds evolve convectively; dissipate through rain; and, over the next several hours, waft downwind to achieve their great longitude extents. These and other characteristics suggest that temperate clouds originate from circulation-induced convergence, in addition to a forcing at the surface associated with Saturn's tides, geology, and/or surface composition.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The evolution of Titan's mid-latitude clouds
Series title:
Science
DOI:
10.1126/science.1117702
Volume
310
Issue:
5747
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
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Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Science
First page:
474
Last page:
477
Number of Pages:
4