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Origin of Mountains on Io by Thrust Faulting and Large-Scale Mass Movements

Science  06 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5356, pp. 1514-1517
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5356.1514

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Abstract

Voyager stereoimages of Euboea Montes, Io, indicate that this mountain formed when a large crustal block was uplifted 10.5 kilometers and tilted by approximately 6 degrees. Uplift triggered a massive slope failure on the northwest flank, forming one of the largest debris aprons in the solar system. This slope failure probably involved relatively unconsolidated layers totaling approximately 2 kilometers in thickness, overlying a rigid crust (or lithosphere) at least 11 kilometers thick. Mountain formation on Io may involve localized deep-rooted thrust faulting and block rotation, due to compression at depth induced during vertical recycling of Io's crust.

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