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Observation of cycloidal features on Enceladus

Giese, B. and Helfenstein, p. and Hurford, T.A. and Neukum, G. and Porco, C.C. (2011) Observation of cycloidal features on Enceladus. In: Lunar and Planetary Science XLII, 1608, p. 2007. Lunar and Planetary Institute. 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 7-11 Mar 20111, The Woodlands, TX, USA.

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We observe geologically young cycloidal segments in different places on the surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. These features likely have formed as tension cracks with their form being con-trolled by diurnal variation of tides, as suggested for Europa. For this model to work the ice must be weak and, to allow for sufficient tidal amplitude, there must be a fluid layer below the icy surface. Thus, rather than being confined to just southern latitudes, our observations hint at the presence of fluid layers in also other areas on Enceladus, potentially at a global sub-suface ocean in recent times.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:Observation of cycloidal features on Enceladus
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Giese, B.bernd.giese@dlr.de
Helfenstein, p.Cornell Univ., Ithaca; NY, USA
Hurford, T.A.NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greebelt, MA, USA
Neukum, G.Freie Univ. Berlin
Porco, C.C.Space Science Institute, Boulder, CO, USA
Journal or Publication Title:Lunar and Planetary Science XLII
Page Range:p. 2007
Publisher:Lunar and Planetary Institute
Series Name:LPI Contribution
Keywords:Enceladus, Icy satellites, Cassini
Event Title:42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
Event Location:The Woodlands, TX, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:7-11 Mar 20111
Organizer:Lunar and Planetary Institute
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben CASSINI (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geodesy
Deposited By: Dr.rer.nat. Bernd Giese
Deposited On:10 Jun 2011 14:39
Last Modified:11 Jan 2012 10:02

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