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Triton: A hot potatoThe effect of sunlight on the surface of Triton was studied. Widely disparate models of the active geysers observed during Voyager 2 flyby were proposed, with a solar energy source almost their only feature. Yet Triton derives more of its heat from internal sources (energy released by the radioactive decay) than any other icy satellite. The effect of this relatively large internal heat on the observable behavior of volatiles on Triton's surface is investigated. The following subject areas are covered: the Global Energy Budget; insulation polar caps; effect on frost stability; mantle convection; and cryovolcanism.
Document ID
19910010692
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Kirk, R. L. (Geological Survey Flagstaff, AZ., United States)
Brown, R. H. (Jet Propulsion Lab. California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., 22nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
Subject Category
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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