100 Ways to Die in Space – # 15 Ice Volcanoes

Welcome to 100 Ways to Die in Space

Hi there bloggies, welcome to a new and fun little feature – 100 ways to die in space. Taking inspiration from a million ways to die in the west I’ll be taking a somewhat tongue in cheek at the many and various ways that space is somewhat unkind to the average human being and it pretty effective at killing them very quickly. Step aboard and see what happens, just don’t come on wearing a red top!

Method 15 – Ice Volcanoes

The problem of ice volcanoes is more of a problem in the colder reaches of the solar system. Like Jupiter and beyond, it sort of goes like this really – as our spaceman is walking along the surface an eruption of cold, salty water erupts from beneath the surface. As one would expect his is going to knock them clear off his feet or even possibly off the surface, giving them a long drop back to the surface or sending them into orbit.

This is not good.

The worlds of the outer solar system are very different from the warmer inner planets. Rather than being made mainly of rock they are made of water ice (becasue you know water is all over the solar system). The worlds that have these are the moons of large planets and heat within then is often made from the gravitational kneading of the structure of the world. This wrams the interior and in turn heats up the water / methane / other frozen stuff that makes it up and then POOF!

Out comes a jet of warm stuff. If anyone is standing on or near it then this is going to affect them in a number of ways.
None of them good.

The thing with these ice volcanoes is that it could well be hard to tell that they’re going to happen, as no one has been there yet it’s no possible to say if there’s any warning signs that one will erupt. I guess the only advice is to watch out and don’t take it too personally if one happens to get hit.

Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

© Simon Farnell 2013 – 2022



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6 thoughts on “100 Ways to Die in Space – # 15 Ice Volcanoes

  1. Those ice volcanoes might spit up more that just salt water too! There could be ammonia, methane, or other volatile chemicals dissolved in the subsurface water reservoirs beneath those volcanoes. So if the extreme temperature and the force of the eruption don’t get you, a surprise chemical reaction might!

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