Journal Highlights

RESEARCH BOLSTERS POSSIBILITY OF PLATE TECTONICS ON EUROPA

Press Release—

SUBDUCTION—THE SLIDING OF ONE TECTONIC PLATE BENEATH ANOTHER--IS POSSIBLE ON THE ICE SHELL OF JUPITER'S MOON EUROPA, A NEW STUDY SHOWS. THE PROCESS COULD SUPPLY CHEMICAL FOOD FOR LIFE TO A SUBSURFACE OCEAN. 

WASHINGTON D.C. — A recent study provides new evidence that the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa may have plate tectonics similar to those on Earth. The presence of plate tectonic activity could have important implications for the possibility of life in the ocean thought to exist beneath the moon’s surface....more