Topic: Planetary sciences

Model Suggests Ocean Currents Shape Europa's Icy Shell in Ways Critical for Potential Habitats

Dec. 3, 2013

In a finding of relevance to the search for life in our solar system, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Geophysics, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research have shown that the subsurface ocean on Jupiter's moon Europa may have deep currents and circulation patterns with heat and energy transfers capable of sustaining biological life.

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