This is a drawing showing another form of motions in a planets interior.
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Motions in Jupiter's Interior, part 2
Motions, or currents in the interior of a gas-giant planet such as Jupiter may be very different from the motions typical of the earth's interior.
A second idea for the motions in the interior of a gas-giant planet is shown in this picture. Strong heat coming from within a planet can cause this kind of motion to take place. The drawing shows layered cylinders of material, in motion, rolling in different directions. It is thought that this pattern may be in operation because the tips of the cylinders may correspond to the striped pattern of clouds seen in the atmosphere.
It is not known which of these two kinds of motion, one typical of the earth, and one like this, prevails in the interior of Jupiter.
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