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Volcanism on Io
A Comparison with Earth


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  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107665408

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  • 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
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    '… 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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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107665408
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Io, 1610 to 1995: Galileo to Galileo:
    1. Io, 1610–1979
    2. Between Voyager and Galileo:
    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

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    Ashley Gerard Davies, Jet Propulsion Laboratory - California Institute of Technology
    Ashley Davies is a volcanologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and an expert on the remote sensing of volcanoes. He is a Principal Investigator in several NASA research programmes studying volcanic activity on Io and Earth, and was a co-recipient of the prestigious 2005 NASA Software of the Year Award.

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