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An ice crystal model for jupiter's moon Europa

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A simple model for crystal growth in the ice shell of Europa has been made in order to estimate the size of ice crystals at Europa's surface. If mass is lost from the surface of Europa due to sputtering processes, and the ice thickness is constant in time, ice crystals will be transported upwards in the ice shell. The crystals will therefore grow under varying conditions through the shell.The model predicts that ice crystals are 4 cm-80 m across at the surface. For the preferred parameter values, a crystal size of the order of 7 m is calculated.
Udgivelsesdato: 1 june
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftAnnals of Glaciology
Vol/bind37
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)129-133
Antal sider5
ISSN0260-3055
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2003

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