Tejero López, Rosa María and Ruiz Pérez, Javier (2003) Possibility of convection for diffusion (Newtonian)Viscosity in the ice shell of Europa? Earth, Moon and Planets, 93 . pp. 281-287. ISSN 0167-9295
Official URL: http://www.springer.com/astronomy/journal/11038
Recent investigations into convection in Europa’s ice shell have been based on non- Newtonian (stress-dependent) or Newtonian (stress-independent) viscosity for water ice. However, despite the wide use of Newtonian convection, experimentally observed water ice flow is non-Newtonian, and analysis of stability against convection of the ice shell using updated flow laws has been only performed for non-Newtonian rheologies. Here we use the flow law proposed for diffusion creep to analyze the possibility of the onset of convection for Newtonian viscosity in relation to the thermal state of Europa. Our findings indicate that for diffusion creep convection might have started, but that significantly lower heat flows (and equivalently higher shell thicknesses) and/or grain sizes are required than for superplastic flow, which is the most probable flow mechanism if the ice shell is convective.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Convection, Europa, Heat flow, Rheology, Thermal evolution|
|Subjects:||Sciences > Geology > Geodynamics|
|Deposited On:||22 Apr 2010 14:04|
|Last Modified:||22 Apr 2010 14:04|