Thursday, February 14, 2008

Saturn's moon awash with oil.

Saturn's moon Titan has hundreds of times more liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, scientists report.

Take that OPEC. There is of course some bad news:

But this massive reserve is at least 1.2 billion kilometres away from us, on a tiny inhospitable world where on a warm day it's minus 179°C.

I know what you're thinking: "Isn't oil made from old dinosaurs and rotted plants?-Does that mean that there is/was life on Titan"?

In a word: no.

Oil on EARTH is partly organic, partly inorganic. Scientists have been arguing for fifty years or more about what and how much of it goes into making oil. The Russians have pretty much bought into the idea that oil is overwhelmingly inorganic and believe that if you dig deep enough you'll find enough of the stuff to basically last forever. Needless to say, most western scientists find this view hilarious and assume that oil is (mostly) organic and therefore finite and someday we'll run out.

I've never heard it suggested before that there was oil on other planets. If this pans out it may be that the Russians were right all along.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Besides, alien bibles say alien dinosaurs didn't exist.