2/6/2018 - Extensional Terrains: Tectonic windows into ocean worlds

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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Geology 3656

Presented By:
Samuel Howell - JPL

Abstract

The tectonic and magmatic processes that link planetary interiors to their surfaces fundamentally affect surface morphology, environment, and potential habitability. Recent discoveries of present-day oceans beyond Earth have further motivated the study of surface-interior interactions, and analogue processes for terrestrial plate tectonics have been proposed on the icy moons of Jupiter. Because direct observations of interior mechanics are impossible, I will present research that explores the surface expression of numerically simulated tectonic and magmatic processes at Earths mid-ocean ridges and the icy bands of Europa and Ganymede.

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