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Identification and Quantitative Classification of Europa’s Microfeatures: Implications for Microfeature Formation Models and the Europa Clipper Flagship Mission

Abstract Jupiter’s moon Europa is an active target of research because of its unique geology and its potential for habitability. Europa’s icy chaos disrupts and transforms the previous terrain, suggesting melting is involved. Chaos occurs alongside several types of endogenic surface features. These microfeatures are under <100 km2 in area and include uplifts and domes, pits, spots, and hybrid features. The distribution of microfeatures is known in the ~10% of the Europa’s surface that are covered by the regional mosaics (“RegMaps”). The efforts to connect microfeature formation to any kind of heat transport in Europa are confounded because microfeatures are difficult to identify outside of RegMaps because of low image resolutions. Finding microfe... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Noviello, Jessica (Author) / Rhoden, Alyssa R (Advisor) / Christensen, Philip (Advisor) / Williams, David A (Committee member) / Robinson, Mark (Committee member) / Scowen, Paul (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Planetology / Astrobiology / Europa / Icy Satellites / Ocean Worlds / Planetary Science
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 298 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Geological Sciences 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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