Strong ocean tidal flow and heating on moons of the outer planets

  title={Strong ocean tidal flow and heating on moons of the outer planets},
  author={R. H. Tyler},
  • R. H. Tyler
  • Published 2008
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Data from recent space missions have added strong support for the idea that there are liquid oceans on several moons of the outer planets, with Jupiter's moon Europa having received the most attention. But given the extremely cold surface temperatures and meagre radiogenic heat sources of these moons, it is still unclear how these oceans remain liquid. The prevailing conjecture is that these oceans are heated by tidal forces that flex the solid moon (rock plus ice) during its eccentric orbit… CONTINUE READING
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