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cryovolcanism


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Volcanism occurring at low temperatures, where liquid erupts through an overlying crust of ice. The liquid probably consists of brine containing magnesium and sodium sulphates; at extremely low temperatures ammonia may also be present. Cryovolcanism is known to be active on Enceladus, Europa, and Ganymede.

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