Titan’s Peaks

Mountains have always been a source of fascination for me. I climbed my first 14er, Mt. Yale (Elevation 14,199 ft.), when I was in middle school. Hopefully one day I can return to Colorado to climb more as well as many other mountains in this world. One of my favorite mountains is Mount Amiata in Tuscany and our property there overlooks the mountain as you can see in this picture I took below.

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Mount Amiata, 12.28.2015, 5:19 pm Copyright Ned Bowen, 2015

Anyways, when I found out there are mountains on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, I was intrigued. When I found out they are ice mountains, I wanted to know all about them. The highest peak is found within the mountain ridges known as the Mithrim Montes, named after the mountain range in Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings. The peak is 10,948 feet, which rivals some of the mountains on Earth. You can see them below:

 

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Source: Gizmodo

 

It’s interesting because I often never think about other planets having geological features like we do here on Earth. The only pictures we really see are from space and just show a circular planet with some markings of geological activity but you get no understanding of the scale of these mountain ranges. It just goes to show how most planets and moons have major elevation changes like Earth that allow us to study their surfaces by comparing them to ours as well as discovering the underlying geological activity of the planet/moon. The universe is awesome.

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  1. grader here, cool post! I also love colorado, went there just the year and what can you say…. the mountains are cool. In addition to Titan, I see you have posted about pluto. Have you seen the virtual flyby of the pluto mountains recreated from the images captured during the recent flyby. A bit too cold for me there though.

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