Uranus

Above: Uranus.

Water Fact File for Uranus

The Bottom Line:

Is Uranus a giant superheated ocean?

 

Findings from Dr Kotwicki's 1991 Paper:

Uranus and Neptune are similar in size and supposedly in constitution: Tarbett (1989) says that compositionally speaking  they can be considered as giant collections of comets. The three-layer model of these planets features a gaseous  atmosphere, a liquid ocean and a rocky core. The two-layer model, preferred after Voyager missions, has a superdense atmosphere containing up to 50% water, and a rocky core. Undoubtedly, the interior of these planets is one of the most intriguing in the Solar System: some theories suggest, for example, a superheated ocean, some 8000 km deep.

 

Latest Findings about Water on Uranus:

Below: This diagram highlights the similarities between the composition of Uranus and Neptune.

 

URANUS
THE PLANETS
Saturn
Tethys
Dione
Enceladus
Rhea
Titan
Mimas
Iapetus
Other
Uranus
Ariel
Miranda
Oberon
Umbriel
Titania
Asteroids
Mars
Phobos and Deimos
Luna
Mercury
Venus
Earth
Neptune
Triton
Nereid
Charon
Planet X
Comets
Water in the Universe
Water in the Universe

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