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This image of Europa shows dark scalloped features that seem to have started in the center of the features and spread apart.
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Possible Spreading Centers on Europa

The surface of Europa shows many signs of that there may be a submerged ocean. For example, in this picture there are several dark bands that look like they could be joined at each edge. This may be a geologic feature that resembles what on Earth are called spreading ridges. Other signs of the potential for a submerged ocean include:

* flooded terrain

* 'freckles'

* rafting, and

* 'mushy' craters.

Last modified September 18, 2003 by Roberta Johnson.

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