Geology of Triton

By: , and 
Edited by: Dale P. Cruikshank

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Abstract

Triton, with a diameter of ≡2700 km, is Neptune's only planet-class satellite. The complexity of Triton's surface and the variety of surface features is unequaled among the satellites of the solar system. From a geologic viewpoint, some of Triton's features have apparently familiar morphologies and general interpretative agreement exists. However, many of its landforms have novel morphologies and geologic settings, which have given rise to a number of innovative and competing interpretations. The first portion of this chapter describes Triton's surface in primarily nongenetic terms. The authors then review various models and speculations regarding geologic processes that have operated on Triton, followed by an interpretive stratigraphy and geologic history.

Additional publication details

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Geology of Triton
ISBN 9780816536092
Year Published 1995
Language English
Publisher University of Arizona Press
Publisher location Tucson, Arizona
Contributing office(s) Astrogeology Science Center
Description 69 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Neptune and Triton
First page 879
Last page 947
Other Geospatial Triton