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Giant Tropical Lake Found On Saturn Moon Titan
Space.com via Yahoo News ^ | 13 June 2012 | Charles Q. Choi

Posted on 06/13/2012 6:33:23 PM PDT by edpc

An oasis of liquid methane has unexpectedly been discovered amid the tropical dunes of Saturn's moon Titan, researchers say.

This lake in the otherwise dry tropics of Titan hints that subterranean channels of liquid methane might feed it from below, scientists added.

Titan has clouds, rain and lakes, like Earth, but these are composed of methane rather than water. However, methane lakes were seen only at Titan's poles until now — its tropics around the equator were apparently home to dune fields instead.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: astronomy; catastrophism; extremophiles; found; giant; lake; liquid; methane; moon; panspermia; saturn; science; space; titan; tropical; tropics; xplanets
The methane rain falls mainly on the plain?
1 posted on 06/13/2012 6:33:28 PM PDT by edpc
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To: edpc

“NO SMOKING”, or we go up together - like a Pinto...


2 posted on 06/13/2012 6:35:59 PM PDT by patton (DateDiff)
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To: edpc

Tropical is a relative term.


3 posted on 06/13/2012 6:38:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: edpc

Would a comet strike light the whole place up, we would need to keep it far a way from Uranus!


4 posted on 06/13/2012 6:40:44 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (Let's get the hell rid of Zero)
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To: edpc

Looks like some paddle boat out there ....


5 posted on 06/13/2012 6:42:12 PM PDT by SkyDancer
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To: edpc

Just in case anyone is considering a dip in the liquid methane lake, the temperature is -182.5 degrees C or -296.5 degrees F. The temperature isn’t exactly balmy.


6 posted on 06/13/2012 6:43:10 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: cripplecreek
Tropical is a relative term.

Indeed. Titan is a balmy -290 F. Not exactly Florida in the summer.

7 posted on 06/13/2012 6:43:10 PM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: Drew68

has unexpectedly been discovered


They have the same lame-ass reporters on Titan simultaneously?


8 posted on 06/13/2012 6:48:31 PM PDT by txhurl (Scott Walker is my President.)
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To: edpc; cripplecreek
"Giant Tropical Lake Found On Saturn Moon Titan"

Looks like Kurt Vonnegut was right all along!

(Cover Image from "The Sirens of Titan" Pub. 1959)


9 posted on 06/13/2012 6:48:35 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: edpc
What are the waterfront lots going for? ; )
10 posted on 06/13/2012 6:49:28 PM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. Thank you.)
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To: edpc

Jeremy Wade is making reservations.


11 posted on 06/13/2012 6:50:57 PM PDT by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: edpc

Bookmark for mining in a couple of thousand years.


12 posted on 06/13/2012 6:51:34 PM PDT by AU72
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To: shibumi

We had a lot of fun on Venus

We always have a ball on Mars...


13 posted on 06/13/2012 6:51:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Empireoftheatom48

Gotta clean my screen now....


14 posted on 06/13/2012 6:55:25 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: edpc

I think you’ve got it!


15 posted on 06/13/2012 6:55:44 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: MasterGunner01

Methane is a relatively potent greenhouse gas ,so a lake of it is not causing global warning there ,maybe it only works on earth LOL


16 posted on 06/13/2012 6:56:22 PM PDT by molson209
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To: KevinDavis; annie laurie; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Mmogamer; ...
Thanks edpc. Extremophiles / panspermia / ET life ping.
 
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17 posted on 06/13/2012 6:56:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...
Thanks edpc.



18 posted on 06/13/2012 6:56:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Empireoftheatom48

Strike a match and it would probably light-up like uranus


19 posted on 06/13/2012 6:58:30 PM PDT by Mr. K (I AM WRITING-IN PALIN/GINGRICH)
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To: patton

Uh, sorry.....no flame possible on Titan without oxygen.....no oxygen, no explosion.....


20 posted on 06/13/2012 6:58:51 PM PDT by Arlis (.)
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To: edpc
Hmmmmmmmmm....... Methane is a fossil fuel. I guess this is proof of dinosaurs on Titan.
21 posted on 06/13/2012 6:59:39 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks edpc. An ‘extra, extra’ to the APoD list.


22 posted on 06/13/2012 7:00:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: norwaypinesavage
"Hmmmmmmmmm....... Methane is a fossil fuel. I guess this is proof of dinosaurs on Titan."

Dare we think it? Dare we say it?

Could hydrocarbon compounds occur (Shhhh!) abiotically?
23 posted on 06/13/2012 7:05:46 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: MasterGunner01

Speak for yourself, for I am from Canada.

That sounds positively balmy compared to our prairie winter.:)


24 posted on 06/13/2012 7:05:56 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Arlis

Thanks, jackwagon. You work for Obama, or what?


25 posted on 06/13/2012 7:06:06 PM PDT by patton (DateDiff)
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To: shibumi

Could hydrocarbon compounds occur (Shhhh!) abiotically?


Deniar! Unbeliever!

Burn him! He’s a witch!


26 posted on 06/13/2012 7:10:42 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse
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To: edpc
Giant Tropical Lake Found On Saturn Moon Titan...

Hmmmm... this sounds Navigable. HEY, EPA... Do your thang!!

27 posted on 06/13/2012 7:12:23 PM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: edpc

28 posted on 06/13/2012 7:13:21 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: shibumi

That book cover looks like Mitt Romney in Mormon heaven.


29 posted on 06/13/2012 7:14:03 PM PDT by Walvoord
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To: Walvoord

His Magic Underpants look a little worse for wear.


30 posted on 06/13/2012 7:18:03 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Arlis
Well, I've seen Ice Volcanoes on the moons of Saturn.


31 posted on 06/13/2012 7:18:22 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: patton
“NO SMOKING”, or we go up together - like a Pinto...

Yeah, but think of all the rivers full of free 'fuel'.

32 posted on 06/13/2012 7:20:51 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: UCANSEE2

We don’t have a fuel problem, we have a transportation problem.

Besides, the earth is covered in methane hydrites - how about we use that first? After all, methane is the largest greenhouse gas. Well, next to water.

Earth first! We will mine the other planets later.


33 posted on 06/13/2012 7:33:54 PM PDT by patton (DateDiff)
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To: edpc
What gave it away....


34 posted on 06/13/2012 7:37:46 PM PDT by Iron Munro (John Adams: 'Two ways to enslave a country. One is by the sword, the other is by debt')
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To: Jonty30
Canadian winters are -300 degrees F? Yikes! I'm glad I live here. LOL

Seriously, the winter of 1979-1980 was a killer in the Midwest. The polar jet stream mainlined super cold arctic air directly from the North Pole. We had three continuous weeks in January-February where the average daily temperature never got above -25 degrees F and nighttime temps averaged -40 degrees F. After three weeks of this, everyone wanted to move to Texas or Florida.

35 posted on 06/13/2012 7:45:15 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: edpc

Can i get me a fishin license?


36 posted on 06/13/2012 7:53:20 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: patton

Perhaps scumbags obama and Schumer can fly up to Titan and check it out. And not come back.


37 posted on 06/13/2012 7:57:34 PM PDT by Mr Apple
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To: Mr Apple

THE ONE is just arrogant enough to step off of the plane and light a smoke.

LOL. What a complete jerkwad.

Did I mention that he screwed DC traffic yesterday? Went to a FUNDRAISER in PA, by car, and caused a FIVE-HOUR backup in DC traffic.

WTFO? We bought him three dang helicopters, so he would not do this.

What an absolute A$$. He and Marie Antionette need to get the heck out.


38 posted on 06/13/2012 8:15:41 PM PDT by patton (DateDiff)
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To: CrazyIvan; edpc
"By JOVE, I think she's got it."

Wrong planet, but only by one.

Cheers!

39 posted on 06/13/2012 8:31:39 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Chgogal
What are the waterfront lots going for?

Methane front lots have a strict no smoking or open flame policy.. or they would if they had any oxygen around. No firepits on the beach.

40 posted on 06/13/2012 8:54:14 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: edpc

Fascinating!

I’ve always thought that oil and natural gas was the byproduct of decayed vegetation.

Now we find there’s energy sources on worlds/moons that never had vegetation.

Now I wonder how much energy is stored within earth’s mantle, just waiting to be explored??


41 posted on 06/13/2012 9:01:22 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: edpc

Did you know that Methane is a “greenhouse gas” and should be regulated, fined, or jailed, according to the EPA.

Now, if only we could send all the top EPA leaders to Titan to check it out. One engine ignition during landing should do it.


42 posted on 06/13/2012 9:04:33 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: edpc

Methane is natural gas.. must have been Dinos and Plants on Titan...
Wonder if there be any oil or coal there..


43 posted on 06/13/2012 10:38:48 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: edpc

In other news, authorities of the state of Maryland are planning to erect a casino there.


44 posted on 06/14/2012 12:45:08 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: edpc

The organic plant life that created it ust have been extraordinary


45 posted on 06/14/2012 2:37:49 AM PDT by Flavius (What hopes for victory, Gaius Crastinus? What grounds for encouragement ?)
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