February 14, 2008

Oceans of Oil

Saturn moon Titan has hundreds of times more liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, scientists report. 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.
As I mentioned before, there is another theory on where oil comes from on Earth (the abiotic theory). After all, the liquid hydrocarbons on Titan certainly didn't form from eons of dead plants and animals being crushed under the pressures of the planet. If oil is being renewed by the Earth, rather than created once, deep in the past, it is very good news.

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