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Icy Europa’s mysterious double ridges may hint at hidden pockets of water

A ridge etched into the ice sheet of Greenland provides an unexpected hint that plentiful pockets of water may be trapped just underneath the surface of Jupiter’s ice-covered moon Europa, one of the solar system’s likeliest candidates to host microbial life.

The surface of Europa, one of Jupiter‘s four main moons, is covered with a 15-mile-thick (20 kilometers) ice crust, underneath which scientists believe an ocean swashes. But there might be scientific promises much closer to the frozen moon’s surface, according to a new study that found similarities between processes shaping the surface of the distant moon and Earth‘s own icy Greenland.

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