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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 image of the Pwyll crater on Europa looks as if it was formed by something that fell into a slushy layer, rather than a rigid surface.

Other signs of a submerged ocean include:

* flooded terrain

* 'freckles'

* rafting, and

* spreading ridges.

Last modified September 19, 2003 by Roberta Johnson.

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