Introduction to Icy Satellite Geology

  • T. V. Johnson
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 227)


The icy satellites have had diverse and fascinating geological histories. Each shows evidence on its surface of the action of many different processes, both endogenic and exogenic. This chapter briefly reviews the historical development of thought about satellite geology, the factors which determine the course of geologic history on a satellite, and a categorization by “metamorphic grade” of the major satellites of the outer solar system.


Metamorphic Grade Solar Nebula Outer Planet Galilean Satellite Outer Solar System 
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  • T. V. Johnson
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  1. 1.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCaltechPasadenaUSA

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