Iapetus: Unique Surface Properties and a Global Color Dichotomy from Cassini Imaging

@article{Denk2010IapetusUS,
  title={Iapetus: Unique Surface Properties and a Global Color Dichotomy from Cassini Imaging},
  author={T. Denk and G. Neukum and T. Roatsch and C. Porco and J. Burns and G. Galuba and N. Schmedemann and P. Helfenstein and P. Thomas and R. Wagner and R. West},
  journal={Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={327},
  pages={435 - 439}
}
  • T. Denk, G. Neukum, +8 authors R. West
  • Published 2010
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Iapetus Revealed The striking appearance of Saturn's moon Iapetus—half black and half white—has puzzled astronomers for over three centuries. Now Spencer and Denk (p. 432, published online 10 December) present an explanation for this asymmetry: A thermally controlled runaway migration of water ice triggered by exogenic deposition of dark material on the moon's leading darker side, which faces the direction of motion of the moon in its orbit around Saturn. This mechanism is unique to Iapetus… CONTINUE READING

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