Quantification of Extraterrestrial Lava Flow Effusion Rates Through Laboratory Simulations

  title={Quantification of Extraterrestrial Lava Flow Effusion Rates Through Laboratory Simulations},
  author={Tracy K.P. Gregg and Jonathan H. Fink and Keqin Gregg},
We have used carefully controlled laboratory simulations to develop a model which relates lava flow morphology to effusion rate and rheology. Through comparisons with measured and estimated eruption rates on Earth, this approach allows us to constrain eruptive styles and compositions of extraterrestrial lava flows. By applying this model to lava flows on the Moon, Mars and Venus, we have determined that all the common flow morphologies (domes, folds and levees) on these planets could have been… CONTINUE READING

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