Bubbling Volcanic Ocean Found Beneath Jupiter Moon

Posted May 20th, 2011 at 1:32 pm (UTC+0)
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Scientists have discovered an enormous ocean of bubbling magma beneath the surface of Io, one of the many moons of Jupiter.

A team of researchers studying this phenomenon says that the global ocean about 30 to 50 kilometers beneath Io’s crust helps explain the moon’s activity.

While volcanoes on Earth tend to occur in localized spots like the “Ring of Fire” around the Pacific Ocean, the volcanoes on Io are found all over its surface, producing about 100 times more lava each year than all the volcanoes on Earth.

On the Science World radio program this weekend, Dr. Krishan Khurana, from UCLA’s Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics, tells us why Io is considered to be the most volcanically active body in our solar system.

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Rick Pantaleo maintains the Science World blog and writes stories for VOA’s web and radio on a variety of science, technology and health topics. He also occasionally appears on various VOA programs to talk about the latest scientific news. Rick joined VOA in 1992 after a 20 year career in commercial broadcasting.

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