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Enceladus ocean may resemble Antarctic lake

Highly alkaline water on Saturn moon could support alien life

3:31pm, February 13, 2015

LEAKY MOON  Plumes of water erupt through the ice from a subsurface sea on Enceladus in this image from the Cassini spacecraft. The sea is highly alkaline, a new study suggests.

Swimming in the sea of the Saturnian moon Enceladus might be like taking a dip in household ammonia.

An ocean hidden beneath the moon’s icy crust is highly alkaline, similar to soda lakes on Earth, researchers have found. The water chemistry provides a peek at how the water interacts with rock in the moon’s core, creating an environment in which life could arise.

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