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Three-layer Generic Ganymedes: Structure and EvolutionAccurate, three layered structural models were generated for Ganymede and Callisto. Three layered satellites consist of a rock core, a region of mixed rock and ice, and an outer shell of pure ice. This structure would result from either accretional melting of the outermost region of the satellite or differentiation subsequent to localized melting. A completely undifferentiated ice rock satellite possesses only the single, top boundary layer and, in this case, melting is also relatively difficult to initiate; this suggests that, if accretional melting results in a small degree of differentiation initially, subsequent melting may readily occur as the satellite warms due to radiogenic heating. Alternatively, if accretion is not accompanied by a small degree of differentiation, it may prove too difficult to initiate nonaccretional melting and the satellite might remain undifferentiated indefinitely.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
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Mueller, S. W.
(McDonnell Aircraft Co. Saint Louis, MO, United States)
Mckinnon, W. B.
(McDonnell Aircraft Co. Saint Louis, MO, 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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