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Global Geologic Map of Io. First complete global geologic map of Io , produced using Galileo and Voyager data Hotspots (sites of volcanic activity) correlated with types of geologic features

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Global geologic map of io

Global Geologic Map of Io

  • First complete global geologic map of Io, produced using Galileo and Voyager data

  • Hotspots (sites of volcanic activity) correlated with types of geologic features

  • Io has 19 geologic units in 5 classes: Plains (65.8%), Lava flow fields (28.5%), Mountains (3.2%), Patera floors (2.5%). Five types of superposed diffuse deposits cover ~18% of surface: Red (8.6%), White (6.9%), Yellow (2.1%), Black (0.6%), Green (~0.01%)

    • 425 paterae cover 2.5% of surface, but correlate with 64% of hot spots => Dominance of silicate volcanism, in the form of lava lakes in volcanic craters

    • Only 2% of hot spots correlate with Bright Flows => Minimal active sulfur volcanism

Published by USGS, available from: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/3168/

  • Primary results from mapping published in 2011 Icarus paper:

Williams, D.A., L.P. Keszthelyi, D.A. Crown, J.A. Yff, W.L. Jaeger, P.M. Schenk, P.E. Geissler, T.L. Becker, 2011, Volcanism on Io: Insights from global geologic mapping, Icarus, v. 214, p. 91-112.


Global geologic map of io

Global Geologic Map of Io

Published by USGS, available from: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/3168/

  • First complete global geologic map of Io, produced using Galileo and Voyager data

  • Hotspots (sites of volcanic activity) correlated with types of geologic features

  • Io has 19 geologic units in 5 classes: Plains (65.8%), Lava flow fields (28.5%), Mountains (3.2%), Patera floors (2.5%). Five types of superposed diffuse deposits cover ~18% of surface: Red (8.6%), White (6.9%), Yellow (2.1%), Black (0.6%), Green (~0.01%)

    • 425 paterae cover 2.5% of surface, but correlate with 64% of hot spots => Dominance of silicate volcanism, in the form of lava lakes in volcanic craters

    • Only 2% of hot spots correlate with Bright Flows => Minimal active sulfur volcanism

  • Primary results from mapping published in 2011 Icarus paper:

Williams, D.A., L.P. Keszthelyi, D.A. Crown, J.A. Yff, W.L. Jaeger, P.M. Schenk, P.E. Geissler, T.L. Becker, 2011, Volcanism on Io: Insights from global geologic mapping, Icarus, v. 214, p. 91-112.


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