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Water plays big role in shaping dwarf planet Ceres

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2:03pm, September 1, 2016
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The 4-kilometer-high mountain Ahuna Mons on the dwarf planet Ceres is probably a cryovolcano, new findings suggest. This photo was assembled from images taken by the Dawn spacecraft.

Ice volcanoes, patches of water ice and a slew of hydrated minerals paint a picture of dwarf planet Ceres as a geologically active world — one where water has played a starring role. That’s the theme of six papers in the Sept. 2 Science that describe data collected by the Dawn spacecraft.

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