- Press Release
- September 19, 2022
The Role Of Ocean Circulation In Driving Hemispheric Symmetry Breaking Of The Ice Shell Of Enceladus
The ice shell of Enceladus exhibits strong asymmetry between its hemispheres, with all known geysers concentrated over the south pole, even though its orbital configuration is almost perfectly symmetric.
By exploring ocean circulation across a range of ocean salinities and core/shell heating partitions, we study the role of ice-ocean interaction in hemispheric symmetry breaking. We find that: (i) asymmetry is enhanced by cross-equatorial ocean heat transport when the ice shell is the major heat source and vice versa, (ii) the magnitude of ocean heat transport is comparable to the global heat production, significantly affecting the ice shell evolution and equilibrium state and (iii) more than one equilibrium state can exist due to a positive feedback between melting and ocean circulation.
Wanying Kang, Suyash Bire, John Marshall
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as: arXiv:2203.16611 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:2203.16611v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
From: Wanying Kang
[v1] Wed, 30 Mar 2022 18:47:57 UTC (2,725 KB)