Recently I was informed of the possibility of having an habitable world lacking tectonic plates, specifically of something called heat-pipe tectonics. Which is essentially the same tectonic system featured on Io.
The concept is very intriguing I gotta say, however I am not too sure about it due to habitability concerns. Could a world, with an heat-pipe tectonic system be habitable and stay habitable for the several billions of years needed for intelligent life to develop and establish an advanced civilization?
Here is some additional data and details regarding my moon in particular such as the moon being the largest body orbiting a gas giant.
Primary Mass: 954 Earths so about 3 Jupiters
Moon Mass: 0.7 Earths
Primary density: 3.58 g/cm³
Primary radius: 1.04 Jupiter Radii
Moon density: 5.61 g/cm³ due to additional iron
Moon radius: 0.883 Earth Radii
Distance: 1003917 km
Rotation period: 36 hours
Orbital period: 90 hours
Spin-Orbit Resonance: 5:2
Expected water Coverage: 60%
Average water depth: 1500 to 2000 m
Do you think it could stay habitable with an heat pipe tectonic system?
And aside from that, what would it be like geographically? Could there still be tall mountain chains, chunky island chains and oceanic thermal vents?
And pheraps even more importantly, how mineral rich would the surface be? How accessible would minerals be?