Familiar Looking Faulting Found on Titan

Strike-slip faults, like that of the San Andreas on Earth, are found on Titan and likely caused by pore fluid pressures as well as tidal stress.

IMAGE: Possible strike-slip fault on Titan (a). Arrows indicate the possible slip direction of displacement of fluvial features. The offset for the northernmost mapped portion is about 10 km for both structures. b) Earth analogue example of a rectilinear network on the San Andreas Fault (Wallace Creek; Google Maps satellite image), which exhibits ~130 m of strike-slip offset at the trace of the fault. CREDIT: Burkhard et al. (2021)

From Jupiter’s moon Europa to Saturn’s moon Titan, there are curious and interesting bodies in our solar system that, while they don’t look like Earth, may…

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Planetary scientist, podcast host. Communication specialist for SETI Institute and Planetary Science Institute. Journalist on the Weekly Space Hangout.

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