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Pluto May Host an Ocean! Say Scientists

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posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 05:10 PM
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Freezing, distant Pluto seems an odd place to look for oceanfront real estate, but if a new computer model is correct, the dwarf planet harbors a sizeable pool of liquids beneath its thick icy shell. The dwarf planet's interior could contain a vast pool of liquid 120 miles beneath the surface.The ocean would have formed from melted ice heated by the decay of radioactive potassium say scientists.


news.discovery.com...


Freezing, distant Pluto seems an odd place to look for oceanfront real estate, but if a new computer model is correct, the dwarf planet harbors a sizeable pool of liquids beneath its thick icy shell.



"These simulations suggest that Pluto likely possesses an ocean at the present day," Robuchon wrote in a synopsis of his research presented last week at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco.



Surprises never end in our solar system!




posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 05:30 PM
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We already know this.



posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 05:31 PM
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the concept is too strange for me to consider..

Pluto and oceans...wouldn't it be better considered a ice cube?

a heavy atmosphere would allow for some warmth, but pluto is small...tiny little thing with no atmosphere to speak of.

been sitting here and simply unable to even piece together a coherent thought beyond...whatchu talkin bout willis


I wonder if there is good fishin there...nothing like a plutonite largemouth icebass and a brew



posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 05:32 PM
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Originally posted by masterp
We already know this.


Starblazers reference for the win!
star...but sadly, now we know your at least 200 years old.



posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 05:39 PM
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Originally posted by masterp
We already know this.



The force of the impact tears the anchor out, sending the Argo once again plummeting toward Pluto. Venture steers the ship toward Pluto's equatorial ocean.


That's really but relly amazing!



posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 05:48 PM
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I wonder why they assume it must be water though...wouldn't it be just as likely something like liquid hydrogen or something of that nature...



posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 07:20 PM
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These guys must have inside information ...

This is not possible ...


WTH


S/F* Arken



posted on Dec, 21 2010 @ 07:45 PM
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"Clearly if we see geysers like (Saturn's moon) Enceladus, it would be easy to determine that there is subsurface water venting up," Stern said. "It would be a huge discovery."


Day by day we experiencig that water really isn't as rare as we once believed... even on the more distant planet of our solar system!


NASA: Something about water on Mars?

Hmmm....Not ready yet? :



posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 12:20 AM
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Hydrogen as a liquid I believe only exists under immense pressure like the gas giants. Pluto has too small a mass to retain the lightest element. But radioactive potassium? Enough to "melt" the ice?




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