This is a diagram showing the locations of the cloud decks of Jupiter.
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Jupiter's Cloud Decks
There are three different layer of clouds, or clouddecks, in Jupiter's atmosphere, as shown in this picture. The clouddecks are made of
The first clouddeck is made of ammonia clouds. Ammonia is what you use to clean the kitchen sink, so you can imagine what clouds of ammonia might smell like!
The second clouddeck is made of ammonium hydrosulfide clouds, which is a combination of ammonia and sulfur! You can imagine what *that* smells like.
The third clouddeck is made of ordinary water clouds.
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