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Lakes may lurk beneath chaos on Europa

Liquid water pockets underlie fractured ice on Jupiter moon’s surface, a study concludes

4:09pm, November 16, 2011

Beneath its glossy veneer, Europa’s frozen crust might be carved into something resembling Swiss cheese, with enormous cavities of liquid water tucked into the rock-hard ice.

One of the buried lakes on Jupiter’s watery moon, lurking a few kilometers below a region called Thera Macula, contains at least as much water as the U.S. Great Lakes, scientists report online November 16 in Nature.

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