Band (Europa)

  • G. Wesley PattersonEmail author
  • J. Brad DaltonIII
  • Alyssa Rose Rhoden
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“Linear zones distinguished by their contrast in albedo and/or surface texture compared with the surrounding terrain,” with well-defined contact (Greeley et al. 2000). “A general term used to describe a tabular feature that formed by dilation (dilational band), contraction (convergence band), and/or strike-slip motions (band-like strike-slip fault). A dilational band is lineated (faulted or ridged varieties) or smooth. In low-resolution images, relative albedo may be used to distinguish between a bright band, gray band, or dark band” (Kattenhorn and Hurford 2009).


A type of lineament on Europa.


Polygonal (linear, curvilinear, cuspate, or wedge-shaped) (Fig. 1) areas of relatively smooth terrain with sharp parallel to subparallel margins, along the direction in which the band is longest. Many of them display a bilateral symmetry (Sullivan et al. 1998). Their interior has a lower albedo than the surrounding plains (Greeley et al. 2000). Commonly a narrow,...


Bright Band Gray Band Volumetric Deformation Compactional Band Brittle Layer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Wesley Patterson
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. Brad DaltonIII
    • 2
  • Alyssa Rose Rhoden
    • 3
  1. 1.Applied Physics LaboratoryJohns Hopkins UniversityLaurelUSA
  2. 2.Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA, Planetary Ices GroupPasadenaUSA
  3. 3.NASA/GSFCGreenbeltUSA