Gazing from space at the mountains in Pluto’s Cthulhu region, one might mistake it for the Alps, which are covered with bright white “snow.”. When NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft swept the dwarf planet in 2015, it captured Pluto and the region’s dazzling, reflective ridges, almost half the height of Mount Everest. < / P > < p > although Pluto’s mountains may be like the Alps, they are not covered by ice and snow, which is actually made up of methane rich ice. < / P > < p > a new study published in the journal Nature on Tuesday attempts to understand the mechanism that drives the formation of methane Alps, which has always been a mystery. Some areas captured by new horizons show striking similarities to features on earth. Using high-resolution simulations, a team of planetary scientists has shown that appearances can be deceptive – methane icebergs are likely to form in the opposite way to alpine snow peaks. < / P > < p > on earth, the wind blows moist air to the side of the mountain, and the low temperature condenses the water, forms snow, and falls to the top of the mountain. But this process is caused by the atmospheric conditions of the earth. Pluto’s atmosphere is much thinner. By recapturing Pluto’s climate and methane cycle in a numerical simulation, the team was able to create a model that is consistent with NASA’s new horizons observations and other observations on earth. < / P > < p > new work shows that Pluto’s methane iceberg is like a strange Alps, everything is going backwards. Pluto’s thin atmosphere is warmer than its surface and carries methane gas from the northern hemisphere to equatorial plains, such as the kesuru region. The air above these areas is rich in methane gas, which condenses throughout the area at night. But during the day, most of the frozen methane sublimates from a solid to a gas. However, on the higher altitude terrain, it persists in the daytime and gradually accumulates over time. < / P > < p > the research team concluded that two similar landscape phenomena are formed by such different processes. They believe that understanding the methane cycle on Pluto may help explain other unique features of the dwarf planet’s surface. According to NASA, the tartartarus dorsa mountains captured by new horizons are strangely textured, showing “a complex pattern of puzzling blue gray ridges and red material in the middle.”. This “leaf like” texture may be the result of methane condensation. [image] Google secretly tests 6GHz networks in 17 states of the United States