Oceans galore: new study suggests most habitable planets may lack dry land

For a planetary surface to boast extensive areas of both land and water, a delicate balance must be struck between the volume of water it retains and the capacity of its oceanic basins. Each of these two quantities may vary substantially across the full spectrum of water-bearing worlds. Why the Earth's values are so well balanced is an unresolved and long-standing conundrum. In a paper published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (Ed. Oxford University Press) the author, Fergus Simpson of the Institute of Cosmos Science at the University of Barcelona, has constructed a statistical model - based on Bayesian probability - to predict the division between land and water on habitable exoplanets.

Oceans galore: new study suggests most habitable planets may lack dry land

When it comes to exploring exoplanets, it may be wise to take a snorkel along. A new study, published in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, has used a ...

Thu 20 Apr 17 from Phys.org

Oceans galore: new study suggests most habitable planets may lack dry land, Sun 23 Apr 17 from Astrobiology Magazine

Most habitable planets may be completely covered in water

When you imagine what a rocky, habitable planet looks like, it's easy to picture an alternate Earth where land and oceans exist in an ideal balance. Unfortunately, that's ...

Sun 23 Apr 17 from Engadget

Most habitable planets will be dominated by WATER

Researchers from the Institute of Cosmos Science at the University of Barcelona constructed a statistical model to predict the coverage of land and water on various exoplanets.

Thu 20 Apr 17 from Daily Mail

Ideal habitable world would be mostly ocean, model suggests

An exoplanet made up of mostly oceans would offer astronomers the greatest chance of finding alien life, according to a new model developed by Fergus Simpson.

Thu 20 Apr 17 from UPI

Oceans Galore: Most Habitable Planets May Lack Dry Land

London, UK (SPX) Apr 21, 2017 When it comes to exploring exoplanets, it may be wise to take a snorkel along. A new study, published in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal ...

Fri 21 Apr 17 from SpaceDaily

Will Earth-like planets be found to have Earth-like oceans?

For a planetary surface to boast extensive areas of both land and water, a delicate balance must be struck between the volume of water it retains and the capacity of its oceanic basins. Each ...

Thu 20 Apr 17 from ScienceDaily

Will Earth-like planets be found to have Earth-like oceans?, Thu 20 Apr 17 from AlphaGalileo

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