Bright Plains (Io)

  • J. Brad DaltonIII
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Plains on Io whose material is bright relative to the surrounding materials.


SO2 snow/frost deposits.


Yellow and white bright plains of Io (Fig. 1) result from the accumulation of sulfur-rich (bright-yellow) and SO 2-bearing (white) diffuse deposits of volcanic origin.


Elemental Sulfur Geographical Information Surface Coating Lava Flow Heterogeneous Mixture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MS 601-1, Planetary Ices Group, NASA-Jet Propulsion LaboratoryPasadenaUSA