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Patterns of Fracture and Tectonic Convergence near the South Pole of Enceladus

Helfenstein, Paul and Thomas, Peter and Veverka, Joe and Rathbun, Julie and Perry, Jason and Turtle, Elizabeth and Denk, Tilmann and Neukum, Gerhard and Roatsch, Thomas and Wagner, Roland and Giese, Bernd and Squyres, Steve and Burns, Joe and McEwen, Alfred and Porco, Carolyn and Johnson, Torrence (2006) Patterns of Fracture and Tectonic Convergence near the South Pole of Enceladus. In: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVII, 1303, abstract#2182. Lunar and Planetary Institute. 37th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2006-03-13 - 2006-03-17, Houston, TX (USA). ISSN 1540-9120.


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Cassini’s Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) coverage obtained to date shows that the Saturnianmoon Enceladus has evolved through a long and complex tectonic history[1]. The most recent episodes of major tectonic activity are identified by a peculiar hemispheric pattern of fractures and lineations that exhibit a remarkable symmetry relative to the satellite’s spin-axis. These tectonic patterns appear to be closely tied to a unique, geologically active region known as the South Polar Terrain (SPT) province, where ongoing eruptions of water plumes were recently discovered by Cassini[2] The detailed shapes and symmetry of the young tectonic patterns, detailed below, suggest that they formed in response to a global change in rotational figure. We investigate the extent to which the morphology, geographic placement, and orientations of these tectonic patterns are consistent with axial shortening of Enceladus’ spin axis, as suggested by Porco et al.[2].

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/22920/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Patterns of Fracture and Tectonic Convergence near the South Pole of Enceladus
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Helfenstein, PaulCornell University, Ithaca, NYUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Thomas, PeterCornell University, Ithaca, NYUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Veverka, JoeCornell University, Ithaca, NYUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rathbun, JulieCornell University, Ithaca, NYUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Perry, JasonUniv. of Arizona, Tucson, AZUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Turtle, ElizabethUniv. of Arizona, Tucson, AZUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Denk, TilmannFreie Universitaet BerlinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Neukum, GerhardFreie Universitaet BerlinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Squyres, SteveCornell University, Ithaca, NYUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Burns, JoeCornell University, Ithaca, NYUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
McEwen, AlfredUniv. of Arizona, Tucson, AZUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Porco, CarolynSpace Science Institute, Bouder, COUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:13 March 2006
Journal or Publication Title:Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVII
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:abstract#2182
Publisher:Lunar and Planetary Institute
Series Name:LPI Contribution
Keywords:Cassini, Enceladus, Icy Satellites
Event Title:37th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
Event Location:Houston, TX (USA)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:13 March 2006
Event End Date:17 March 2006
Organizer:Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX
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 Geology
Deposited By: Roatsch, Dr.rer.nat. Thomas
Deposited On:05 May 2006
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 19:04

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