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(Tech Stew)   Saturn's Titan may have had Earth-Like erosion   (tech-stew.com) divider line 25
    More: Cool, Saturn, Titans, Earth, Cassini Spacecraft, radar imaging, tectonic plates, erosion, Journal of Geophysical Research  
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2012-07-23 12:48:01 PM  
Where's that "I love old news" pic when you need it?
 
2012-07-23 12:48:07 PM  
next they'll have global warming too... show-offs.
 
Skr
2012-07-23 12:50:16 PM  
Methane Rivers? Seems a good opportunity for a cow joke or two.
 
2012-07-23 12:57:19 PM  
the Titan? which model is that again? an SUV?
 
2012-07-23 12:57:22 PM  
So, they had dating shows, Kardashians and reality shows where people are forced to live together in the same house?

Is that the kind of erosion we're talking about?
 
2012-07-23 01:22:29 PM  
wouldn't you get erosion anywhere you have fluid, gravity, some cutting material and something to erode?
 
2012-07-23 01:23:05 PM  
That erosion is nothing more than Malcador making preparations for the Grey Knights.

/nothing to see here, move along...
 
2012-07-23 01:23:28 PM  
Somebody better let The Grey Knights know.
 
2012-07-23 01:45:21 PM  
If Titan is having Earth-like erosions, it will be only a few minutes before it has Earth-like organisms. Well done Titan!
 
2012-07-23 01:46:47 PM  
Similar to the processes on Earth, things like tectonic plate motion, icy lava eruptions, erosion, and sedimentation may have been factors on Titan.

Determining which processes are the cause is tricky because the radar images don't give details on elevation and depth.


Ah. And here I was told that it was just the visual cameras they attached to were bad science. Looks like they didn't plan the other instruments out as well.
 
2012-07-23 01:48:56 PM  
*Huygens probe
 
2012-07-23 02:18:57 PM  

SuperT: wouldn't you get erosion anywhere you have fluid, gravity, some cutting material and something to erode?


Yes, but you see the Earth is superunique in the universe so whenever we find evidence of Earth-like processes occuring somewhere else it is always a source of incredulous surprise.
 
2012-07-23 02:21:20 PM  
It's just Salo, the Tralfamadorian explorer sculpting again.
 
2012-07-23 02:25:19 PM  
Is it just me or does the right-hand coastline have fjords (award-winning Norwegian-style coastline)? To my understanding, fjords are caused by retreating glaciers: consider that North America's north coast has them, too, but Asia's north coast (Asia having been too dry for massive glaciation) does not. Does this mean Titan may have had ice ages, too, or was there probably some other cause? Or am I probably seeing things?
 
2012-07-23 03:52:34 PM  

SuperT: wouldn't you get erosion anywhere you have fluid, gravity, some cutting material and something to erode?


And wind. You get erosion from wind too. Takes much longer, but you do.
 
2012-07-23 03:56:21 PM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: SuperT: wouldn't you get erosion anywhere you have fluid, gravity, some cutting material and something to erode?

And wind. You get erosion from wind too. Takes much longer, but you do.


Well, strictly speaking, air is a *fluid*, so it was already covered, but I still commend your thoroughness. Guaranteed, methane won't be the only engine of erosion.
 
2012-07-23 04:09:11 PM  

Helen_Arigby: Smoky Dragon Dish: SuperT: wouldn't you get erosion anywhere you have fluid, gravity, some cutting material and something to erode?

And wind. You get erosion from wind too. Takes much longer, but you do.

Well, strictly speaking, air is a *fluid*, so it was already covered, but I still commend your thoroughness. Guaranteed, methane won't be the only engine of erosion.


*sigh*

As soon as I posted that, I knew some smarty was going to say what you said. I was going with the vernacular meaning of the word, for the sake of the liberal arts majors.

/Actually have a master's degree in Meteorology, FWIW.
 
2012-07-23 04:38:31 PM  
ComStar was never known for healthy environmental practices.
 
2012-07-23 05:00:30 PM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: *sigh*

As soon as I posted that, I knew some smarty was going to say what you said. I was going with the vernacular meaning of the word, for the sake of the liberal arts majors.

/Actually have a master's degree in Meteorology, FWIW.


It was intended more as a friendly reminder for next time. You never know, next time it might be some troglodyte jumping on the slip as proof gravity isn't real. There's no 'splainin' yourself to that sort; best to avoid giving them traction. They'll dig their claws in anyway, of course, but if you force them to be ludicrous, it reduces the odds that normal people will bite and derail the thread.

That, and I like splitting hairs.
 
2012-07-23 06:28:23 PM  
Has Eureka re-started yet?
How about Warehouse 13?
 
2012-07-23 07:47:39 PM  

StrangeQ: SuperT: wouldn't you get erosion anywhere you have fluid, gravity, some cutting material and something to erode?

Yes, but you see the Earth is superunique in the universe so whenever we find evidence of Earth-like processes occuring somewhere else it is always a source of incredulous surprise.


I hear the rest of the universe is made of Earth-like elements like iron and silicon. Can this be??
 
2012-07-23 08:43:53 PM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: Has Eureka re-started yet?
How about Warehouse 13?


Eureka's over. As in Series Finale was last week.
 
2012-07-23 08:56:46 PM  

SN1987a goes boom: Uchiha_Cycliste: Has Eureka re-started yet?
How about Warehouse 13?

Eureka's over. As in Series Finale was last week.


thanks, Guess it's time to catch up.
I was checking in with Hulu for some time, but got tired of not seeing updates.
 
2012-07-24 02:42:22 AM  
I was reading up on where Earth was going many millions of years in the future. I got to wondering after our sun becomes a red giant, won;t Titan have its time to shine in the create life spotlight? Always was so interested in Titan
 
2012-07-24 08:59:30 AM  
Well of course it had erosion. Sheesh. Any conglomerate object meeting friction with another object is gonna do that. Try again scientists!
 
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