Corpus ID: 17893191

Ice in the solar system

  title={Ice in the solar system},
  author={L. Prockter},
  journal={Johns Hopkins Apl Technical Digest},
  • L. Prockter
  • Published 2005
  • Geology
  • Johns Hopkins Apl Technical Digest
Ice exists throughout the solar system, from Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun, to the far reaches of the mysterious Oort cloud, a vast and diffuse shell of comets. Some outer solar system bodies are composed almost entirely of ice, whereas others may contain ice and rock mixtures. Ice occurs as polar caps and permafrost and may persist inside the coldest, darkest craters at the poles of otherwise rocky bodies. Ice may be ancient, present since the birth of the solar system, or young and… Expand
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