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Titan Clouds Hint of Heavy Rains, Methane Gurglings

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Science  21 Oct 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5747, pp. 421
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5747.421a

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Astronomers monitoring Saturn's giant moon Titan from Earth (p. 477) and planetary scientists watching it from the passing Cassini spacecraft (p. 474) are reporting that Titan's rare clouds pop up in midlatitudes, but only over a few small spots. That suggests that there's something special about the surface beneath them, possibly the presence of erupting methane volcanoes or geysers.