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Io: first complete global geologic map of the Jovian satellite

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posted on Mar, 19 2012 @ 05:27 PM

TextMore than 400 years after Galileo's discovery of Io, the innermost of Jupiter's largest moons, a team of scientists led by Arizona State University (ASU) has produced the first complete global geologic map of the Jovian satellite. The map, published by the U. S. Geological Survey, depicts the characteristics and relative ages of some of the most geologically unique and active volcanoes and lava flows ever documented in the Solar System

A team led by ASU's David Williams produces the first complete geologic map of Io. This image is a true color image of Io's antijovian hemisphere. (Credit: Image courtesy of Arizona State University)

Global view:

North Polar Region:

Dirct link to the PDF sheet. Beware! Heavy file (16Mo)



posted on Mar, 23 2012 @ 12:25 AM
The Jovian systems has been a favorite of mine ever since I read 2010 (liked it better than 2001, I know

Io is fascinating for many reasons, though I would imagine that the USGS would have to update that map every couple of decades to keep up with the sulfur flows.

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