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Ocean Planet near Thraikai

An Ocean Planet (aka water world) is a planet with a substantial amount of water on its surface or subsurface.[1][2] It can be completely or mostly covered in water. The liquid on the surface can consist of different fluids like lava or ammonia.

The surface can be a layer of ice with a liquid water ocean underneath. For example Ganymede has a liquid saltwater ocean below its icy surface.[3]

Probability of life on an ocean planet is high, because water is essential for most life forms (flora, fauna, sentient and non-sentient). Many species evolve in or around a source of water. These are rare and thus more valuable to discover.

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Some star systems have multiple ocean planets such as:

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  1. http://www.omnilexica.com/?q=ocean+planet
  2. http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1086/524925/fulltext/
  3. http://www.nasa.gov/press/2015/march/nasa-s-hubble-observations-suggest-underground-ocean-on-jupiters-largest-moon/#.VQJhMM26t0s
  4. https://www.reddit.com/r/EliteDangerous/comments/a00df6/twin_aquatic_worlds/