Zamama, a volcano on Io
The lava for this flow field erupts from a small shield volcano 40 kilometers wide and 1.5 kilometers tall. The peak of this volcano is surrounded (as you can see in the image on the right) by radiating lava flows. Flows to the south of the Zamama volcano are incised into the plains as well as the flanks of a shield volcano southeast of Zamama. A volcanic plume has been observed erupting from the center of the Zamama flow field, caused by the heating of sulfur dioxide surface frost by flowing silicate lava.
Copyright holder: Jason Perry
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder. Original image data dated on or about October 16, 2001