Melting of Io by Tidal Dissipation

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Science  02 Mar 1979:
Vol. 203, Issue 4383, pp. 892-894
DOI: 10.1126/science.203.4383.892


The dissipation of tidal energy in Jupiter's satellite Io is likely to have melted a major fraction of the mass. Consequences of a largely molten interior may be evident in pictures of Io's surface returned by Voyager I.

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