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Geography

Can Eurpora have an icy surface?

Answer

Wiki User
08/05/2008

It is almost certain that most of Europa's surface is covered with ice. More than this, because the interior of Europa is wracked by tidal forces from Jupiter and the rest of the moons of Jupiter, it is very likely that, despite the low temperatures on the surface, Europa has a great deal of liquid water underneath the icy surface as the temperature there would be very moderate. If so, then the possibility of life there of some sort is high. This was mooted in Arthur C Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey and its subsequent sequals.