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With active geysers coating its surface with dazzlingly bright ice crystals, Saturn’s large moon Enceladus is one of the most enigmatic worlds in our solar system. Underlying this activity are numerous further discoveries by the Cassini spacecraft, tantalizing us with evidence that Enceladus harbors a subsurface ocean of liquid water. Enceladus is thus newly realized as a forefront candidate among potentially habitable ocean worlds in our own solar system, although it is only one of a family of icy moons orbiting the giant ringed planet, each with its own story.
 
As a new volume in the Space Science Series, Enceladus and the Icy Moons of Saturn brings together nearly eighty of the world’s top experts writing more than twenty chapters to set the foundation for what we currently understand, while building the framework for the highest-priority questions to be addressed through ongoing spacecraft exploration. Topics include the physics and processes driving the geologic and geophysical phenomena of icy worlds, including, but not limited to, ring-moon interactions, interior melting due to tidal heating, ejection and reaccretion of vapor and particulates, ice tectonics, and cryovolcanism.
 
By contextualizing each topic within the profusion of puzzles beckoning from among Saturn’s many dozen moons, Enceladus and the Icy Moons of Saturn synthesizes planetary processes on a broad scale to inform and propel both seasoned researchers and students toward achieving new advances in the coming decade and beyond.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Further Series Titles, Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Contributing Authors
  2. p. xi
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  1. Acknowledgment of Reviewers
  2. p. xii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Part 1: Enceladus Geophysics, Geology, and Geochemistry
  1. Enceladus as an Active World: History and Discovery
  2. M. K. Dougherty, B. J. Buratti, P. K. Seidelmann, J. R. Spencer
  3. pp. 3-16
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  1. The Mysterious Origin of Enceladus: A Compositional Perspective
  2. W. B.McKinnon, J. I. Lunine, O. Mousis, J. H. Waite, M. Y. Zolotov
  3. pp. 17-38
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  1. The Geochemistry of Enceladus: Composition and Controls
  2. C. R. Glein, F. Postberg, S. D. Vance
  3. pp. 39-56
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  1. The Interior of Enceladus
  2. D. Hemingway, L. Iess, R. Tajeddine, G. Tobie
  3. pp. 57-78
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  1. The Thermal and Orbital Evolution of Enceladus: Observational Constraints and Models
  2. F. Nimmo, A. C. Barr, M. Běhounková, W. B. McKinnon
  3. pp. 79-94
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  1. The Geology of Enceladus
  2. G. W. Patterson, S. A. Kattenhorn, P. Helfenstein, G. C. Collins, R .T. Pappalardo
  3. pp. 95-126
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  1. Part 2: Enceladus Plumes and the E Ring
  1. Plume and Surface Composition of Enceladus
  2. F. Postberg, R. N. Clark, C. J. Hansen, A. J. Coates, C. M. Dalle Ore, F. Scipioni, M. M. Hedman, J. H. Waite
  3. pp. 129-162
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  1. Plume Origins and Plumbing: From Ocean to Surface
  2. J. R. Spencer, F. Nimmo, A. P. Ingersoll, T. A. Hurford, E. S. Kite, A. R. Rhoden, J. Schmidt, C. J. A. Howett
  3. pp. 163-174
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  1. Enceladus Plume Dynamics: From Surface to Space
  2. D. B. Goldstein, M. Hedman, M. Manga, M. Perry, J. Spitale, B. Teolis
  3. pp. 175-194
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  1. Saturn’s Diffuse E Ring and Its Connection with Enceladus
  2. S. Kempf, M. Horányi, H.-W. Hsu, T. W. Hill, A. Juhász, H. T. Smith
  3. pp. 195-210
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  1. Enceladus and Its Influence on Saturn’s Magnetosphere
  2. H. T. Smith, F. J. Crary, M. K. Dougherty, M. E. Perry, E. Roussos, S. Simon, R. L. Tokar
  3. pp. 211-234
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  1. Part 3: Saturn’s Icy Moons
  1. Saturn’s Other Icy Moons: Geologically Complex Worlds in Their Own Right
  2. P. Schenk, O. L. White, P. K. Byrne, J. M. Moore
  3. pp. 237-266
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  1. Cratering Histories in the Saturnian System
  2. M. R. Kirchoff, E. B. Bierhaus, L. Dones, S. J. Robbins, K. N. Singer, R. J. Wagner, K. J. Zahnle
  3. pp. 267-284
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  1. Origin and Evolution of Saturn’s Mid-Sized Moons
  2. J. C. Castillo-Rogez, D. Hemingway, A. Rhoden, G. Tobie, W. B. McKinnon
  3. pp. 285-306
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  1. Surface Composition of Saturn’s Icy Moons
  2. A. R. Hendrix, B. J. Buratti, D. P. Cruikshank, R. N. Clark, F. Scipioni, C. J. A. Howett
  3. pp. 307-322
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  1. Surface Properties of Saturn’s Icy Moons from Optical Remote Sensing
  2. A. J. Verbiscer, P. Helfenstein, B. J. Buratti, E. Royer
  3. pp. 323-342
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  1. Ring and Magnetosphere Interactions with Satellite Surfaces
  2. C. J. A. Howett, A. R. Hendrix, T. A. Nordheim, C. Paranicas, J. R. Spencer, A. J. Verbiscer
  3. pp. 343-360
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  1. Exospheres and Magnetospheric Currents at Saturn’s Icy Moons: Dione and Rhea
  2. B. Teolis, R. Tokar, T. Cassidy, K. Khurana, T. Nordheim
  3. pp. 361-386
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  1. The Inner Small Satellites of Saturn and Hyperion
  2. P. C. Thomas, M. S. Tiscareno, P. Helfenstein
  3. pp. 387-408
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  1. The Irregular Satellites of Saturn
  2. T. Denk, S. Mottola, F. Tosi, W. F. Bottke, D. P. Hamilton
  3. pp. 409-434
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  1. Part 4: Astrobiology and Exploration of Enceladus
  1. Enceladus Astrobiology, Habitability, and the Origin of Life
  2. C. P. McKay, A. Davila, C. R. Glein, K. P. Hand, A. Stockton
  3. pp. 437-452
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  1. Future Exploration of Enceladus and Other Saturnian Moons
  2. J. I. Lunine, A. Coustenis, G. Mitri, G. Tobie, F. Tosi
  3. pp. 453-468
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 469-475
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816537488
Related ISBN
9780816537075
MARC Record
OCLC
1055049948
Pages
536
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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