Friday, May 13, 2011

A Sea of Magma Feeds Hundreds of Volcanoes on Jupiter's Moon

New data confirms that an ocean of magma under the surface of Jupiter's moon, Io, feeds the moon's many active volcanoes. The finding is not surprising given the number of volcanoes and the amount of volcanic activity on Io, said UC Berkeley professor and Berkeley Lab earth scientist Michael Manga. "It would be a great shock and surprise if there wasn't a magma ocean on Io," he said. "But confirming things that you suspect to be true is not a bad thing to do." More>