Geological evidence for solid-state convection in Europa's ice shell

@article{Pappalardo1998GeologicalEF,
  title={Geological evidence for solid-state convection in Europa's ice shell},
  author={R. Pappalardo and J. Head and R. Greeley and R. J. Sullivan and C. Pilcher and G. Schubert and W. Moore and M. Carr and J. M. Moore and M. Belton and D. Goldsby},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1998},
  volume={391},
  pages={365-368}
}
  • R. Pappalardo, J. Head, +8 authors D. Goldsby
  • Published 1998
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The ice-rich surface of the jovian satellite Europa is sparsely cratered, suggesting that this moon might be geologically active today. Moreover, models of the satellite's interior indicate that tidal interactions with Jupiter might produce enough heat to maintain a subsurface liquid water layer. But the mechanisms of interior heat loss and resurfacing are currently unclear, as is the question of whether Europa has (or had at one time) a liquid water ocean,. Here we report on the morphology and… CONTINUE READING
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