But, but, but, haven’t we been told that hydrocarbons are fossil fuels? That they come from decomposing vegetation and ancient dinosaurs? ________________________________
At about 3:42 in, this video from NASA describes the vast oceans of methane and other hydrocarbons found on Saturn’s moon Titan.
“Saturn’s biggest moon Titan has a landscape dotted with lakes and seas,” says NASA.”The liquid on Titan’s surface is not however, H2O.”
“Researchers believe the fluid sculpting Titan’s surface is a mixture, mostly of methane, with smaller amounts of ethane and other hard-to-freeze hydrocarbons.”
In other words, those giant lakes on Titan – lakes larger than all five Great Lakes put together – are filled with hydrocarbons.
And what are hydrocarbons? Hydrocarbons are the chief components of petroleum and natural gas.
But haven’t we been told that hydrocarbons are fossil fuels? Haven’t we been told that hydrocarbons come from decomposing vegetation and ancient dinosaurs?
Apparently not in this case. As I say in Magnetic Reversals and Evolutionary Leaps, “Titan sports a complete hydrological cycle, one where it rains methane.” (p. 135)
So the logical question is, “If carbon can form in Titan’s hazy skies, if crude oil can rain out of Jupiter’s skies, then why not here? (p. 136)
However, I digress. The video’s main point concerns the vast amounts of water found in other parts of the universe.
“We once thought oceans made our planet unique, but we’re now coming to realize that ‘ocean worlds’ are all around us,” says NASA.
Jupiter is orbited by at least three moons which contain oceans, says NASA; Europa, Gannymede and Calisto.
The water is heated from below
Also, one of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus, also appears to contain water. The amazing thing is, that the water is heated. Heated!
And that brings us to my other book, Not by Fire but by Ice, wherein I propose that our planet’s oceans are heated by underwater volcanoes, not by humans.
I’m guessing that water on Enceladus is heated by underwater volcanoes.
Of course, that’s provided there are no humans on Enceladus.
You don’t suppose humans are up there driving around in their SUVs and heating that water, do you?
Published by NASA on Apr 13, 2017. Visit http://science.nasa.gov/ for more.
By the way, the video also says our planet owes its abundance of water in part to a very strong magnetic field, which provides protection from the solar wind.
That same magnetic field also protects us from the evolutionary leaps caused by cosmic radiation.