PIA00324: Volcanic Plains of Io Near Galai Patera
Target Name: Io
Is a satellite of: Jupiter
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 1
Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem
Product Size: 1100 x 1292 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: U.S. Geological Survey
Addition Date: 1998-06-04
Primary Data Set: Voyager EDRs
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Io's volcanic plains are shown in this Voyager 1 image, which spans an area about 1030 km (640 miles) from left to right. North is about the 1:30 position. Numerous volcanic calderas and lava flows are visible here. The brown teardrop-shaped feature at left center is Galai Patera, a 100-km-long (62 mi) lava-flooded caldera (collapsed vent) of a volcano. The composition of Io's volcanic plains and lava flows has not been determined. The prevalent yellow, brown, and orange material may consist dominantly of sulfur with surface frosts of sulfur dioxide or of silicates (such as basalt) encrusted with sulfur and sulfur dioxide condensates. The whitish patches probably are freshly deposited SO2 frost.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/USGS

Image Addition Date:
1998-06-04