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Cryovolcanism on Ceres

Ruesch, O. and Platz, Thomas and Schenk, P. and McFadden, L.A. and Castillo-Rogez, J.C. and Quick, L.C. and Byrne, Shane and Preusker, Frank and O'Brien, D.P. and Schmedemann, N. and Williams, D.A. and Li, J.-Y and Bland, M. T. and Hiesinger, H. and Kneissl, T. and Neesemann, Adrian and Schaefer, M. and Pasckert, J. H. and Schmidt, Britney E. and Buczkowski, D.L. and Sykes, M.V. and Nathues, A. and Roatsch, Thomas and Hoffmann, M. and Raymond, C.A. and Russell, C.T. (2016) Cryovolcanism on Ceres. Science, 353 (6303). American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf4286 ISBN 0036-8075 ISSN 0036-8075

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Volcanic edifices are abundant on rocky bodies of the inner solar system. In the cold outer solar system, volcanism can occur on solid bodies with a water-ice shell, but derived cryovolcanic constructs have proved elusive. We report the discovery, using Dawn Framing Camera images, of a landform on dwarf planet Ceres that we argue represents a viscous cryovolcanic dome. Parent material of the cryomagma is a mixture of secondary minerals, including salts and water ice. Absolute model ages from impact craters reveal that extrusion of the dome has occurred recently. Ceres’ evolution must have been able to sustain recent interior activity and associated surface expressions. We propose salts with low eutectic temperatures and thermal conductivities as key drivers for Ceres’ long-term internal evolution.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/109576/
Document Type:Article
Title:Cryovolcanism on Ceres
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Ruesch, O.planetologie, westfälische wilhelms-universität, wilhelm-klemm-str. 10, 48149 münster, germanyUNSPECIFIED
Platz, Thomasmax planck institut für sonnensystemforschungUNSPECIFIED
Schenk, P.lunar and planetary institute, 3600 bay area blvd, houston tx 77058, usaUNSPECIFIED
McFadden, L.A.nasa goddard space flight center, greenbelt, md 20770UNSPECIFIED
Castillo-Rogez, J.C.jet propulsion laboratory, california institute of technology,UNSPECIFIED
Quick, L.C.planetary science institute, tucson, az, usaUNSPECIFIED
Byrne, Shanelunar and planetary laboratory, university of arizona, tucson, az, usaUNSPECIFIED
Preusker, Frankfrank.preusker (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
O'Brien, D.P.planetary science institute, tucson, az, united states.UNSPECIFIED
Schmedemann, N.freie universitaet berlin, inst. of geosciences, planetology and remote sensing, malteserstr. 74, 12249 berlin, germanyUNSPECIFIED
Williams, D.A.arizona state universityUNSPECIFIED
Li, J.-Yplanetary science institute, tucson, arizona 85719, usaUNSPECIFIED
Bland, M. T.usgs astrogeology science centerUNSPECIFIED
Hiesinger, H.westfälische wilhelms-universität münsterUNSPECIFIED
Kneissl, T.freie universität berlin, inst. of geosciences, planetology and remote sensingUNSPECIFIED
Neesemann, Adrianfu berlinUNSPECIFIED
Schaefer, M.max-planck institute for solar system research, 37077 göttingen, germanyUNSPECIFIED
Pasckert, J. H.institut für planetologie, westfälische wilhelms-universität münster, wilhelm-klemm-strasse 10, 48149 münster, germanyUNSPECIFIED
Schmidt, Britney E.georgia institute of technologyUNSPECIFIED
Buczkowski, D.L.johns hopkins university applied physics laboratory 11100 johns hopkins rd. laurel, md 20723-6099, usaUNSPECIFIED
Sykes, M.V.planetary science institute, tucson, arizona 85719, usaUNSPECIFIED
Nathues, A.max-planck institute for solar system research, katlenburg-lindau, germanyUNSPECIFIED
Roatsch, ThomasThomas.Roatsch (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hoffmann, M.max planck institute for solar system research , katlenburg-lindau, germanyUNSPECIFIED
Raymond, C.A.jet propulsion laboratory, california institute of technology, pasadena, ca 91109-8099, usaUNSPECIFIED
Russell, C.T.institute of geophysics, university of california, los angeles, los angeles, ca 90095UNSPECIFIED
Date:2 September 2016
Journal or Publication Title:Science
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1126/science.aaf4286
Publisher:American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Keywords:Dawn, Ceres, cryovolcanism
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Science and Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Projekt DAWN
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geodesy
Deposited By: Scholten, Dipl.-Ing. Frank
Deposited On:15 Dec 2016 10:25
Last Modified:08 Mar 2018 18:51

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