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This is an image of the Pwyll crater of Europa taken by the Galileo spacecraft.
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Soft Craters on Europa

The surface of Europa shows many signs of that there may be a submerged ocean. For example, this crater looks as if it was created by something that fell into a slushy layer.

Other signs of a submerged ocean include:

* flooded areas

* 'freckles'

* rafting, and

* areas that look like they've spread apart.

Last modified September 19, 2003 by Roberta Johnson.

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