Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

2015 Edition
| Editors: Henrik Hargitai, Ákos Kereszturi

Smooth Band (Europa)

  • Henrik Hargitai
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_355

Definition

“A type of dilational band lacking an observable internal lineated texture, commonly in response to image resolution constraints, that may include small-scale hummocks” (Kattenhorn and Hurford 2009) and flow-like patterns (Greeley et al. 2000).

Category

A type of  band on Europa

Description

Smooth bands on Europa are linear, curvilinear, or cycloidal features with sharp parallel to subparallel margin, with lower albedo than the surroundings (Figuerdo and Greeley 2004 and references therein). Hummocky texture appears smooth at moderate (>200 m/px) resolution, but rough at 10–100 m/pixel resolutions (Prockter and Patterson 2009; Fig. 1).
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References

  1. Figuerdo PH, Greeley R (2004) Resurfacing history of Europa from pole-to-pole geological mapping. Icarus 167:287–312CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Greeley R et al (2000) Geologic mapping of Europa. J Geophys Res 105(E9):22559–22578. doi:10.1029/1999JE001173CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Kattenhorn SA, Hurford TA (2009) Tectonics of Europa. In: Pappalardo RT, McKinnon WB, Khurana K (eds) Europa. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, pp 199–236Google Scholar
  4. Prockter LM, Patterson GW (2009) Morphology and evolution of Europa’s ridges and bands. In: Pappalardo RT, McKinnon WB, Khurana K (eds) Europa. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, pp 237–259Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NASA Ames Research Center/NPPMoffett FieldUSA