Evolution of Titan's rocky core constrained by Cassini observations
Article first published online: 28 OCT 2010
Copyright 2010 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 37, Issue 20, October 2010
How to Cite
2010), Evolution of Titan's rocky core constrained by Cassini observations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L20205, doi:10.1029/2010GL044398., and (
- Issue published online: 28 OCT 2010
- Article first published online: 28 OCT 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 31 AUG 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 25 AUG 2010
- Manuscript Received: 17 JUN 2010
 We model the thermal evolution of Titan's core and search for solutions that are consistent with the mean moment of inertia yielded by the Cassini-Huygens Mission. Like previous studies we assume that Titan's core is enriched in hydrated silicates. However, our modeling accounts for the possible dehydration of these minerals. The resulting models are consistent with Titan's moment of inertia if the inner dry silicate core remains smaller than ∼1300 km in radius. This constraint is met if at least 30% of potassium was leached from the silicate during the hydration event, i.e., the core is depleted in one of its major heat source. In this scenario, the core is currently undergoing dehydration.