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Dinosaurs on Titan?


One of the moons of Saturn is over flowing with Methane and Hydrocarbons Credit: Artistic Expression of a NASA photo of Saturn: NASA | JPL | Space Science Institute | Wikipedia | Public Domain

The phrase “fossil fuels,” leaves the impression that oil and natural gas are derived from millions of years of dinosaur and plant decay. As a result of this, oil and gas are considered a non renewable resource, in other words some are sounding the alarm that one day we will run out.

However, a few articles are portraying another side to this debate.

The first involves an article entitled “Let’s Colonize Titan” published as a blog post on the Scientific American website.

In it, the authors Charles Wohlforth and Amanda Hendrix were looking at potential habitable locations for humans in our solar system. They quickly eliminated the Moon and Mars because neither has the atmosphere needed to protect people from deadly Galactic Cosmic rays. Mercury is too hot. Venus’ atmosphere is too poisonous.

The authors instead nominated Titan, one of the moons of Saturn.

So why was Titan chosen?

Well there are a couple of reasons.

First it has a methane atmosphere that would protect us from those deadly cosmic rays and secondly it literally rains Methane on Titan. It has seas of methane. It has mountains made of hydro carbons which would provide us with all the energy we needed to keep alive.

But I thought Methane and hydrocarbons only came from dinosaurs? Well, if you believe that, then at one point there must have been dinosaurs on Titan.

In fact, methane and other hydro carbons can be created through non organic processes. Titan is overflowing with this chemically-created methane, referred to as abiotic methane, that was produced deep inside the moon’s core.

So is the same thing happening on earth?

Absolutely.

In May, the New York Times published an article entitled, “Gas That Makes a Mountain Breathe Fire Is Turning Up Around the World.” In this article, JoAnna Klein writes of how chemically-created methane, similar to what we see on Titan, is showing up all over earth.

The Flames of Chimaera is the name given to a fire that has burned for hundreds of years on top of a mountain in Southern Turkey. But here is the important key, the methane fuelling this fire is chemically made after researchers with the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) analyzed the methane in 2014.

Giuseppe Etiope, who is a member of DCO, then made this startling statement:

“We have discovered these unusual types of methane in many, many sites. It’s not a rare phenomena.”

Giuseppe Etiope, Gas that Makes a Mountain Breathe Fire:
New York Times, May 1, 2019

In fact, they have found hundreds of chemically-produced deposits in over 20 countries.

And this leads us to our next strange article. Remember how the environmental extremists warn we are running out of oil, well one thing they don’t tell you is that oil wells are refilling at different locations around the world.

In an article entitled, “It’s No Crude Joke: This Oil Field Grows Even as It’s Tapped,” published in the Wall Street Journal in 1999, Chris Cooper tells about the strange case of Eugene 330 an oil platform located off the coast of Louisiana.

After discovering oil near the Gulf of Mexico’s Eugene Island, an oil platform set up in 1970 pumped out about 15,000 barrels of oil a day when it hit full production. This went on for several years and then as the reserves became depleted, its production gradually declined to 4,000 barrels a day in the 1980s.

But then something crazy happened in the 1990s, almost over night, the oil production started increasing and returned to 13,000 barrels a day. In order to figure out what was going on, they performed the equivalent of a geological MRI scan and discovered that oil was gushing in through a hole at the bottom of the reserve.

The oil was coming in from somewhere deep below the oil reserve and far below where you would expect it to be created organically.

And Eugene 330 is not alone, according to Cooper oil reserves are refilling at different locations around the world including Alaska and Uzbekistan. And some have even wondered if oil wells are refilling in the Middle East because they have been pumping oil out of that area of the world for nearly 60 years now, and the reserves seem to be unabated.

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