Sustained eruptions on Enceladus explained by turbulent dissipation in tiger stripes.

@article{Kite2016SustainedEO,
  title={Sustained eruptions on Enceladus explained by turbulent dissipation in tiger stripes.},
  author={Edwin Kite and Allan M. Rubin},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2016},
  volume={113 15},
  pages={3972-5}
}
Spacecraft observations suggest that the plumes of Saturn's moon Enceladus draw water from a subsurface ocean, but the sustainability of conduits linking ocean and surface is not understood. Observations show eruptions from "tiger stripe" fissures that are sustained (although tidally modulated) throughout each orbit, and since the 2005 discovery of the plumes. Peak plume flux lags peak tidal extension by ∼1 rad, suggestive of resonance. Here, we show that a model of the tiger stripes as tidally… CONTINUE READING

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