Antarctica as a Model for Other Worlds

WINGS Fellow Rosaly Lopes returned safely from her expedition to study Mount Erebus,

home to one of the planet’s only lava lakes – a unique geological phenomenon found more commonly on Jupiter’s moon Io than Earth.  Lopes has studied Io extensively with her work at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Lopes spent one month on Mount Erebus, which is located on Antarctica, and is the southernmost active volcano on Earth.