Journal : Acta Geophysica
Article : Uniform parameterized theory of convection in medium sized icy satellites of Saturn

Authors :
Sobotka, J.
University of Wrocław, Institute of Geological Sciences, Department of Structural Geology, Wrocław, Poland, jerzysob@ing.uni.wroc.pl,
Sedighi, M.
K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Faculty of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, Tehran, Iran, sedighi@ncc.org.ir,
Rezaei, K.
LMU University, Munich, Germany, khalil.rezaei@yahoo.com,
Narayan, J.
Dept. of Earthquake Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India, jaypnfeq@iitr.ernet.in,
Rozmarynowska, A.
Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland, rozmaryn@igf.edu.pl,
Gnyp, A.
Carpathian Branch, Subbotin Institute of Geophysics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv, Ukraine, gnyp@cb-igph.lviv.ua,
Wiejacz, P.
Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland, pwiejacz@igf.edu.pl,
Karakostas, V.
Geophysics Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, vkarak@geo.auth.gr,
Mukhopadhyay, B.
Central Headquarters, Geological Survey of India, Kolkata, India, basabmukhopadhyay@yahoo.com,
Tezcan, S.
Bogazici University, Bebek, Istanbul, Turkey, tezokan@superonline.com,
Orlecka-Sikora, B.
Faculty of Geology Geophysics and Environmental Protection, AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland, orlecka@geol.agh.edu.pl,
Aniszewski, A.
Department of Sanitary Engineering, Szczecin University of Technology, Szczecin, Poland, andrzej.aniszewski@ps.pl,
Al Farajat, M.
Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Al al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan, alfarajat@aabu.edu.jo,
Pietruczuk, A.
Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland, alek@igf.edu.pl,
Posyniak, M.
Atmospheric Physics Division, Institute of Geophysics, University of Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland, mpos@igf.fuw.edu.pl,
Dziak-Jankowska, B.
Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland, bdziak@cbk.waw.pl,
Singh, K.
Physics Department, Banaras Hindu University, Hindu, India, krishna23singh@rediffmail.com,
Czechowski, L.
Institute of Geophysics, Warsaw University, Warszawa, Poland, lczech@fuw.edu.pl,
Abstract : We develop a parameterized theory of convection driven by radiogenic and tidal heating. The tidal heating depends on eccentricity e of a satellite's orbit. Using parameterized theory we determine the intensity of convection as a function of e and satellite's properties. The theory is used for 6 medium sized satellites of Saturn. We find that endogenic activity on Tethys and Dione is possible if e exceeds some critical values e[cr]. For Enceladus, e was probably close to the present value for billions of years. We cannot find constrains for e of Mimas and Iapetus. The theory successfully predicts the possibility of present endogenic activity in Dione and rules out such activity in Tethys. Both these facts were recently confirmed by Cassini mission.

Keywords : medium-sized satellites, thermal evolution, tectonics, orbit, eccentricity,
Publishing house : Instytut Geofizyki PAN
Publication date : 2009
Number : Vol. 57, no. 2
Page : 548 – 566

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DOI :
Qute : Sobotka, J. ,Sedighi, M. ,Rezaei, K. ,Narayan, J. ,Rozmarynowska, A. ,Gnyp, A. ,Wiejacz, P. ,Karakostas, V. ,Mukhopadhyay, B. ,Tezcan, S. ,Orlecka-Sikora, B. ,Aniszewski, A. ,Al Farajat, M. ,Pietruczuk, A. ,Posyniak, M. ,Dziak-Jankowska, B. ,Singh, K. ,Czechowski, L. ,Czechowski, L. , Uniform parameterized theory of convection in medium sized icy satellites of Saturn. Acta Geophysica Vol. 57, no. 2/2009
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