Jump to content
Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment.
- Sign In or Create Account -
Waspie_Dwarf

Pluto has an underground ocean

3 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Waspie_Dwarf

Pluto has an underground ocean kept warm by a layer of gassy ice

Quote

We think that Pluto is hiding a liquid ocean, but why it hasn’t frozen is a big mystery. Now it seems that gas trapped inside the bottom layer of its icy outer shell may be keeping it warm.

A number of observations point towards an underground ocean on Pluto, including deep cracks on its surface that seem to come from subsurface water freezing and expanding. But unlike other subsurface ocean worlds in our solar system, such as the icy moons Europa and Enceladus, Pluto is not stretched and warmed by the gravitational pull of a larger nearby object, meaning its ocean should be frozen.

arrow3.gif  Read More: New Scientist

 

  • Like 6
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
XenoFish

I've got a question. Probably way off topic. But what would happen if Pluto switched places with say Mars? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Piney
47 minutes ago, XenoFish said:

I've got a question. Probably way off topic. But what would happen if Pluto switched places with say Mars? 

It would be a water-methane world. It's basically a big comet. 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.