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Europa’s icy shell could also be produced from pure underwater snow


The shell of Jupiter’s well-known ice moon could also be fashioned, partly, by pure underwater snow that floats up as an alternative of falling down. 

A brand new research, printed within the August difficulty of the journal Astrobiology, finds that Europa’s icy crust may be constructed partially by “frazil ice,” a fluffy accumulation of ice crystals that additionally builds up beneath ice sheets on Earth. This frazil ice holds a fraction of the salt present in ice that grows from the ice shelf itself, suggesting that Europa’s ice sheets could also be much less salty than beforehand believed. 

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