Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms

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Cryovolcanic Features

  • Henrik Hargitai
  • Ákos Kereszturi
  • Mathieu Choukroun
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3134-3_92


A structure produced by volcanic processes in which the terrestrial role of silicates is played by materials that are volatiles on Earth: water ice, ammonia, methane, or other low-melting-point materials, hence, named cryovolcanism, occurring on the icy moons of the outer solar system whose crust is primarily composed of water ice (Croft 1990).


Related Terms

Cryolava, cryogenic lava, cryovolcanic lava


Possible cryovolcanic features include:
  1. (1)
    Cryovolcanic edifice (constructional cryovolcano) may include various cryovolcanic units like shield/cone/dome, caldera, flow, and channel.
    1. (1.1)

      Cryovolcanic shield.

    2. (1.2)

      Cryolava dome (dome-like volcanic edifice).

  2. (2)

    Cryovolcanic caldera.

  3. (3)
    Cryovolcanic lava flow (cryolava flow).
    1. (3.1)

      Cryolava flow field, cryolava plain.

    2. (3.2)

      Cryolava channel (sinuous), cryovolcanically emplaced. These are different from fluvial or mass-wasting channels or...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henrik Hargitai
    • 1
  • Ákos Kereszturi
    • 2
  • Mathieu Choukroun
    • 3
  1. 1.NASA Ames Research Center/NPPMoffett FieldUSA
  2. 2.Konkoly Thege Miklos Astronomical InstituteResearch Centre for Astronomy and Earth SciencesBudapestHungary
  3. 3.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA