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The Europa Deep Dive 1: Ice-Shell Exchange Processes

Date: 1-2 November 2017

Location: Lunar and Planetary Institute 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, TX, US, 77058

The focus of this workshop is exchange processes within Europa’s ice shell, including (but not limited to) tectonism, diapirism, subduction, and impact processes, and their relation to the boundary layers above and below. How does material move through the shell? Is surface-ocean exchange likely or is it difficult? What timescales are involved in these processes? What processes might operate across different shell thicknesses?

The workshop will be highly interactive, and all attendees will be expected to participate in moderated discussion sessions.

This will be the first in a series of workshops, each of which is designed to thoroughly examine one aspect of Europa’s geology, ocean, interior, ice shell, composition, space environment, or astrobiological potential. The workshops will bring together communities that may not routinely interact, with the aim of actively encouraging interdisciplinary discussion and input from all attendees.

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