Evidence of superionic ice provides new insights into unusual magnetic fields of Uranus and Neptune

Not all ice is the same. The solid form of water comes in more than a dozen different – sometimes more, sometimes less crystalline – structures, depending on the conditions of pressure and temperature in the environment. Superionic ice is a special crystalline form, half solid, half liquid – and electrically conductive. Its existence has been predicted on the basis of various models and has already been observed on several occasions under – very extreme – laboratory conditions. New results provide another piece of the puzzle in the spectrum of the manifestations of water. And they may also help to explain the unusual magnetic fields of the planets Uranus and Neptune, which contain a lot of water. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/10/211014131203.htm