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Pluto's Atmosphere Indicates Current Geological Activity


Looking at Pluto's surface has shown evidence of recent and even possible current geological activity. This was not expected by most scientists because of Pluto's small  size. However Pluto's atmosphere has provided clear evidence of current geological activity.


Pluto's atmosphere is loosing nitrogen at a rate of about 1.5 1012-13g per year. Pluto's atmosphere has about 3 X 1016 g's of nitrogen, which means it would be lost in just 2,000-20,000 years. In 4 billion years it would loose  7 1021-22g. The maximum amount of nitrogen that Pluto could have is estimated at 3 1022g.  That means that Pluto's  nitrogen loss rate would have to be at the lower limits of the range for Pluto to still be losing nitrogen to space.  If the rate is at the higher end of the  range or the amount of nitrogen is less than the maximum then Pluto could not be 4 Billion years old. On the other hand 6-8 thousand years is right in the range for Pluto to loose it atmosphere. Even if the loss rate is at the high end of the  range then Pluto would have plenty of  nitrogen to resupply its atmosphere by way of geological activity.


The loss rate of Pluto's atmospheric nitrogen strongly indicates current geological activity on Pluto. Such rates are only marginally compatible with Pluto being for 4 billion years old, but it is fully compatible with being less than 10 thousand years old. Furthermore Pluto being geological activity is most compatible with Pluto being less than 10 thousand years old with the periods of accelerated nuclear decay indicated by the R.A.T.E project to have occurred 4000 - 8000 years ago.

Reference: Scientists study nitrogen provision for Pluto's atmosphere
On The Provenance of Pluto's Nitrogen

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