AGU SESSION PS2464 – ICY WORLD ERUPTIONS AND THEIR ANALOGUES

AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA, December 15-19, 2014.
The potential existence of large plumes of water emitted from Europa’s surface has exciting implications for assessing the habitability of this icy world. While the evidence from Hubble Space Telescope observations presently awaits confirmation, the analogy to active plumes at Enceladus motivates discussion of how to detect and characterize plumes, and how to understand eruptive features in the solar system in general. This session examines the mechanisms for plume
formation and dispersal; geological signatures of eruptions; inorganic and organic composition of materials ejected from the surface and subsurface; and implications for habitability and life detection. Comparisons with eruptive features and activity on bodies such as Ceres, Enceladus, Io, Triton, Venus, and Earth are encouraged.
Conveners:
Steve Vance (svance@jpl.nasa.gov)
Cynthia Phillips (phillips@seti.org)
Abstract submission is now open, with a deadline of August 6:
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