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Cryovolcanism in the outer solar system

March 31, 2015

Cryovolcanism is defined as the extrusion of liquids and vapors of materials that would be frozen solid at the planetary surface temperatures of the icy bodies of the outer solar system. Active cryovolcanism is now known to occur on Saturn's moon Enceladus and on Neptune's moon Triton and is suspected on Jupiter's moon Europa, while evidence for past cryovolcanic activity is widespread throughout the outer solar system. This chapter examines the mechanisms and manifestations of cryovolcanism, beginning with a review of the materials that make up these unusual ‘‘magmas’’ and the means by which they might erupt and concluding with a volcanologist's tour of the farthest reaches of the solar system.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2015
Title Cryovolcanism in the outer solar system
Authors Paul E. Geissler
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70168446
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Astrogeology Science Center