Plate Tectonics on Europa Boost Odds for Finding Life

On Earth, the theory of plate tectonics describes the way large pieces of the planetís crust move and interact. These pieces, or plates, slide over the mantle, the malleable outer layer of Earthís core. Now, new research indicates that the frozen surface of Europa, one of Jupiterís four largest moons, may also experience plate tectonics. If so, this process could be a way to transport materials ó such as nutrients for life ó to the liquid water ocean just beneath the moonís icy crust. The

Plate Tectonics on Europa Boost Odds for Finding Life

Wed 6 Dec 17 from Discover Magazine

Jupiter's moon Europa could support alien life, scientists announce after finding activity under its shell

The activity could be providing food to any microbial life that's in a hidden sea on the planet

Wed 6 Dec 17 from The Independent

Research bolsters possibility of plate tectonics on Europa

A Brown University study provides new evidence that the icy shell of Jupiter's moon Europa may have plate tectonics similar to those on Earth. The presence of plate tectonic activity could have ...

Mon 4 Dec 17 from Phys.org

Research bolsters possibility of plate tectonics on Europa, Thu 7 Dec 17 from Astrobiology Magazine

Boost for odds of life? Jupiter moon Europa may have plate tectonics

The case for plate tectonics on Jupiter's ocean-harboring moon Europa keeps getting stronger.

Wed 6 Dec 17 from FOXNews

Boost for Odds of Life? Jupiter Moon Europa May Have Plate Tectonics, Tue 5 Dec 17 from SPACE.com

Plate Tectonics on Europa Could Make Life More Likely

It's nothing like plate tectonics on Earth, but it could fuel the development of life, according to a new analysis. The post Plate Tectonics on Europa Could Make Life More Likely appeared first ...

Wed 6 Dec 17 from Extremetech

Europaís tectonics might be powered by salt, could sustain life on the planet

Different causes, same effect.

Tue 5 Dec 17 from ZME Science

Evidence for plate tectonics mounts on Europa

Sinking ice plates could carry nutrients to the ocean below.

Wed 6 Dec 17 from Astronomy.com

Europa may have plate tectonics like Earth, study shows

Scientists have found additional evidence of the tectonic plates on Jupiter's moon Europa.

Mon 4 Dec 17 from UPI

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