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This is a diagram showing the locations of the cloud decks of Saturn.
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Saturn Cloud Decks

There are three different layers of clouds, or clouddecks, in Saturn's atmosphere, as shown in this picture. The clouddecks are made of different molecules.

The first clouddeck is made of ammonia clouds. Ammonia is what you use to clean the kitchen sink, so you can imagine what clouds of ammonia might smell like!

The second clouddeck is made of ammonium hydrosulfide clouds, which is a combination of ammonia and sulfur! You can imagine what *that* smells like.

The third clouddeck is made of ordinary water clouds.


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