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Volcanism on Io


  • Page extent: 376 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.922 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 551.210999/25
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: QB404 .D38 2007
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Io (Satellite)--Volcanism
    • Io (Satellite)--Volcanoes
    • Planetary volcanism--Remote sensing
    • Volcanism

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521850032)

The most powerful volcanoes in the Solar System are not on Earth, but on Io, a tiny moon of Jupiter. Whilst Earth and Io are the only bodies in the Solar System to have active, high-temperature volcanoes, those found on Io are larger, hotter, and more violent. This, the first book dedicated to volcanism on Io, contains the latest results from Galileo mission data analysis. As well as investigating the different styles and scales of volcanic activity on Io, it compares these volcanoes to their contemporaries on Earth. The book also provides a background to how volcanoes form and how they erupt, and explains quantitatively how remote-sensing data from spacecraft and telescopes are analysed to reveal the underlying volcanic processes. This richly illustrated book will be a fascinating reference for advanced undergraduates, graduate students and researchers in planetary sciences, volcanology, remote sensing and geology.

• The first book dedicated to volcanism on Io • Richly illustrated with many colour plates, and containing the latest results from the Galileo mission • Compares the volcanoes of Io with those of Earth, the only other body in the Solar System with active, high-temperature volcanoes


Preface; Introduction; Part I. Io, 1610 to 1995: Galileo to Galileo: 1. Io, 1610–1979; 2. Between Voyager and Galileo: 1979–95; 3. Galileo at Io; Part II. Planetary Volcanism: Evolution and Composition: 4. Io and Earth: formation, evolution, and interior structure; 5. Magmas and volatiles; Part III. Observing and Modeling Volcanic Activity: 6. Observations: thermal remote sensing of volcanic activity; 7. Models of effusive eruption processes; 8. Thermal evolution of volcanic eruptions; Part IV. Galileo at Io: the Volcanic Bestiary: 9. The view from Galileo; 10. The lava lake at Pele; 11. Pillan and Tvashtar: lava fountains and flows; 12. Prometheus and Amirani: Effusive activity and insulated flows; 13. Loki Patera: Io's powerhouse; 14. Other volcanoes and eruptions; Part V. Volcanism on Io: The Global View: 15. Geomorphology: paterae, shields, flows and mountains; 16. Volcanic plumes; 17. Hot spots; Part VI. Io after Galileo: 18. Volcanism on Io: a post-Galileo view; 19. The future of Io observations; Appendix 1; Appendix 2; References; Index.


'… lavishly illustrated … as a repository of just about everything we currently know about Io (and are likely to know for some time, with no new missions in view) it is an enormously valuable reference work.' The Observatory

'The style of the book is detailed yet fluid. Figures and graphics are aptly chosen, especially the colour plates. Some new sketches by the author illustrate well our collective vision of Io's surface and subsurface on a broad scale. This book would make for a nice companion to any upper-level volcanology or remote-sensing course text.' Jani Radebaugh, Department of Geological Sciences, Brigham Young University, Utah

'… the first book to focus primarily on the observations and interpretations of Ionian volcanic activity and compare these processes to those seen on Earth. … I believe it to be more suitable for teaching advanced level undergraduate courses and I would particularly recommend it for use by graduate level students and researchers in planetary science. It is especially suitable for terrestrial volcanologists wishing to better understand volcanic processes on other planets…' Earth, Moon and Planets

'…a great contribution to the field of volcanic remote sensing and to Io science.' Physics Today

'…an excellent text for both undergraduates and those involved in volcanic-planetary research.' Journal of Geological Magazine

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