The 6th Movement of THE MOONS SYMPHONY is dedicated to Io, the most volcanically active planetary body in the Solar System.
Io’s volcanic activity is the result of an incredible amount of internal heating. The cause is a forced orbital eccentricity, generating a gravitational “tug of war” between Io, Jupiter, and the moons Europa and Ganymede. Io is therefore wracked by titanic forces that flex and heat its interior. Such “tug of war” tensions play out dramatically through powerful, voluminous, and constant volcanic activity, a fiery battlefield for the “throne of the celestial flames.”
This dynamic moon has other scintillating characteristics, such as giant, umbrella-shaped volcanic plumes; sublimating sulfur dioxide frosts; a brightly colored, highly variegated, and very young (crater-free) surface; and, perhaps most captivating of all: the most powerful volcano in the Solar System, the mighty Loki Patera, a 180 km-diameter quiescent sea of periodically overturning lava. It can take nearly a year for all of the solid crust on the lava sea to sink gently into the underlying molten rock, in resurfacing “waves” that sweep around the patera.
The discovery of volcanism on Moon Io represented not only a paradigm shift regarding how the Solar System evolved, and where life could possibly be sustained, but also showed that Io may provide critical clues for scientists exploring Earth’s own ancient volcanic past.
In this mood board, Dr Ashley Davies has pointed out a few inconsistencies with some of the animations regarding the characteristics of the lava/smoke/plumes which I am aware of and will be corrected in phase two of this mood board.