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ice giant

(planet more massive than gas planets and less than rocky planets)

An ice giant is a planet consisting mostly of elements heavier than hydrogen and helium such as oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur. Uranus and Neptune are examples. (Jupiter and Saturn are primarily hydrogen and helium.) The term ice refers to the astronomy/planetary-science sense, specifically, a volatile material (gaseous at some or all "everyday" temperatures) with a freezing point of around 100 K or above. Much of the heavier material in Uranus and Neptune is frozen or is trapped in water ice.


(planet type,exoplanets)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_giant

Referenced by pages:
extra-solar planet
giant planet
mini-Neptune
planet type
superionic ice

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