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Offline acecharly

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Are there large blocks of ice in space?
« on: 24/03/2014 11:19:58 »
Are there blocks of water ice in space that would be so large that they would be liquid inside because of the pressure of gravity?

Im basing this on how as you go deeper into the Earth the temperature rises.

If this was a ball of ice the size of the Earth, maybe it would be froze solid on the surface, then maybe a few miles down be luke warm water rite down to a core that was superheated and uninhabitable but in that band there could be life maybe? and a nursery for life that could come to Earth as the outer shell burnt of in the atmosphere protect the life within.

Is this a possible idea?

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Re: Are there large blocks of ice in space?
« Reply #1 on: 24/03/2014 17:58:41 »
Are there blocks of water ice in space that would be so large that they would be liquid inside because of the pressure of gravity?

Im basing this on how as you go deeper into the Earth the temperature rises.

If this was a ball of ice the size of the Earth, maybe it would be froze solid on the surface, then maybe a few miles down be luke warm water rite down to a core that was superheated and uninhabitable but in that band there could be life maybe? and a nursery for life that could come to Earth as the outer shell burnt of in the atmosphere protect the life within.

Is this a possible idea?

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That's a great question. It seems that would theoretically be possible but they might not occur in nature by any natural process.
 

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Re: Are there large blocks of ice in space?
« Reply #2 on: 24/03/2014 20:05:16 »
Jupiter's icy moon Europa is covered by cracks, and is subject to tidal heating. Measurements of magnetic fields hint at a salty ocean under the ice.

Saturn's moon Enceladus has been seen to emit geysers from "tiger stripe" structures on the surface, again hinting at a deep ocean.
 

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