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Folds on Europa: Implications for Crustal Cycling and Accommodation of Extension

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Science  11 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5481, pp. 941-943
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5481.941

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Abstract

Regional-scale undulations with associated small-scale secondary structures are inferred to be folds on Jupiter's moon Europa. Formation is consistent with stresses from tidal deformation, potentially triggering compressional instability of a region of locally high thermal gradient. Folds may compensate for extension elsewhere on Europa and then relax away over time.

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