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Ocean worlds in our solar system

Julie C. Castillo-Rogez and Klara Kalousova
Ocean worlds in our solar system
Elements (June 2022) 18 (3): 161-166


Spacecraft-based missions have discovered an increasing number of ocean worlds in our Solar System, with even more candidates awaiting confirmation. The science of ocean worlds shares some commonalities with that of Earth's oceans, making them exciting targets of future exploration. A major known difference, however, is that ice shells up to tens of kilometers thick may present barriers to the introduction of chemical gradients necessary for life's development over the long term. Hence, ocean worlds differ substantially in terms of their energy budget and chemistry, with Europa and Enceladus being currently considered the most promising candidates for life-search missions.

ISSN: 1811-5209
EISSN: 1811-5217
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 18
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Ocean worlds in our solar system
Affiliation: California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States
Pages: 161-166
Published: 202206
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 31
Accession Number: 2023-001946
Categories: Extraterrestrial geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: Charles University, CZE, Czech Republic
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2023, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 2023
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