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What do Canada and Jupiter's moon Europa have in common? More than you'd probably think. Europa is believed to have a sulfurous and icy environment, and the Borup Fiord Pass in the Canadian Arctic is the only known place on Earth where sulfur from spring water is deposited onto ice, creating an appearance similar to that seen on Europa.

Since the Borup Fiord sulfur is a byproduct of microorganisms in the water, scientists are applying similar concepts to theories of life on Jupiter's second closest satellite. Could the sulfurous ice on Europa also indicate microbial life? With eventual missions to explore Jupiter's moons in the works, stay tuned for more details!

Europa image: NASA

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