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Topographic Evidence for Shield Volcanism on IoA volcano was identified whose morphology, especially topography, supports and extends current evidence that shield volcanoes occur on Io. The feature is centered at 30 deg. S, 246 deg w and lies in a region near the terminator. The presence of shield volcanism on Io was inferred from the planimetric configuration of flaws on such features as Ra Patera. A central edifice roughly 40 to 50 km in diameter is situated on intervent plains material, and a broad, slightly elliptical base 75 to 90 km across. The size of this feature is comparable to large shield volcanoes found on Earth. In addition, the topography is similar to some terrestrial shield volcanoes that exhibit a change in slope; the steepening may be explained by shorter and/or thicker flows emplaced during late stage eruptions.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
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Albin, E. F.
(Arizona State Univ. Tempe, AZ, United States)
Moore, J. M.
(Arizona State Univ. Tempe, AZ, United States)
Greeley, R.
(Arizona State Univ. Tempe, AZ, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Washington Repts. of Planetary Geol. and Geophys. Program, 1984
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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