How is it possible for a potential ocean of water underneath the surface of Pluto? Radioactivity?
- 4 weeks agoFavorite Answer
It's a bit like asking whether under the surface of Earth is there an ocean of molten rock? Well yes there is. It is called the mantle. Thick, hot rock, capable of creeping slowly in a circulation patter. A sort-of ocean.
Similarly there might be creeping ice like in a glacier, or perhaps some mineral saturated slush under the surface of Pluto. Is that so unexpected?
- ZirpLv 74 weeks ago
We have ONE natural nuclear-fission reactor here on earth, where the concentration of uranium is just right to keep the chainreaction going.
Theoretically there could be one on Pluto
energy from tidal forces is more likely
- Ronald 7Lv 74 weeks ago
Pluto was checked out by New Horizons
Thought to have a Rocky Centre
With a crust of Solid Nitrogen
This surface is broken up by areas of solid icebergs
So in between the core and the surface there must be Liquid water of some kind
Pluto's Core is Radioactive by the way
- daniel gLv 74 weeks ago
Under the surface,,zero chance. On the surface, frozen perhaps.
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- JohnLv 54 weeks ago
There are water ice volcanoes on Pluto, most likely caused by tidal stretching with Charon. Pluto is the 9th planet and not a renegade from the Kuiper Belt.
- billrussell42Lv 74 weeks ago
possible but unlikely. It would be frozen.
Radioactivity? of what? is that a question?