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The Sciences

Here's Lookin' at You, Io

80beatsBy Veronique GreenwoodMarch 22, 2012 11:37 PM


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Pulling together decades of data from the Voyager

, Galileo

, Cassini

, and New Horizon

probes, as well as the Hubble Space Telescope

, scientists at the US Geological Survey have put together a complete geological map of Io

, the beautiful, mysterious Jovian moon. Io is the most volcanically active object in the solar system, and its surface reflects that: unlike everything else around, it has no craters, a sign that its surface is constantly being remade. That's thanks to volcanoes that shoot out more than 100 times more lava per year than Earth's

. The map is a lovely thing, and you can play around with it yourself here


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