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Sci Tech    H4'ed 6/16/16

Ice exoplanets and moons can have habital deep oceans

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Water-rich planets are obvious candidates for finding life and have attracted increasing attention in recent years. The surface H2O layer on such planets (containing a liquid water ocean and possibly high-pressure ice below a specific depth) could potentially be hundreds of kilometers deep depending on the water content and the evolution of the proto-atmosphere.

Jupiter’s moon Ganymede and Saturn's moon Titan have a lot of water as a proportion of its mass, far more than Earth does. These moons could have high-pressure ice covering a liquid layer, and Noack plans to apply her models there.

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