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On alien worlds, exotic form of ice may transport nutrients

Any potential alien life in the waters of vast ocean worlds could receive vital nutrients from their planets’ molten cores via thick layers of exotic high-pressure ice that can transport salts, new research has found.

Water is one of the most common molecules in the universe, and worlds covered by global oceans hundreds of miles deep may vastly outnumber “drier” planets like Earth. Examples of such water worlds include several of the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system, as well as GJ 1214b, Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f

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