Dim prospects for radar detection of Europa’s ocean

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Date: 
April 20, 2004
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Journal Article
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Icarus
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Eluszkiewicz, J., 2004: Dim prospects for radar detection of Europa’s ocean. Icarus 170, 234-236.

The thickness of a porous regolith on Europa is estimated to be ~1 km. Provided that this regolith contains as little as 1% by volume of cavities with sizes comparable to the radar wavelength, its presence poses an insurmountable obstacle in the search for Europa's ocean by means of a sounding radar.