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Cryovolcanic Features on Titan

Abstract : We present evidence to support the cryovolcanic origin of some features, which includes the deepest pit known on Titan (Sotra Patera) and some of the highest mountains (Doom and Erebor Montes). We interpret this region to be a cryovolcanic complex of multiple cones, craters, and flows. Elsewhere, a circular feature, approximately 100 km across, is morphologically similar to a laccolith, showing a cross pattern interpreted to be extensional fractures. However, we find that some other previously supposed cryovolcanic features were likely formed by other processes. We discuss implications for eruption style and composition of cryovolcanism on Titan. Our analysis shows the great value of combining data sets when interpreting Titan's geology and in particular stresses the value of topographic data
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Rosaly M.C. Lopes, E.R. Stofan, R.L Kirk, K.L. Mitchell, Alice Le Gall, et al.. Cryovolcanic Features on Titan. European Planetary Science Congress 2013, Sep 2013, Londres, United Kingdom. pp.EPSC2013-253-2. ⟨hal-01073782⟩



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