Titan’s Underground Water Lends Support to Creationist Walt Brown
“We believe that about 62 miles beneath the ice and organic-rich surface is an internal ocean of liquid water mixed with ammonia,” —Bryan Stiles of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in, Pasadena, California.
Hmmm … another body in our solar system with an underground ocean. Maybe Creationist Walt Brown’s “Underground Ocean on Earth Prior to the Global Flood” idea isn’t so crazy after all! Don’t forget about Enceladus, that other little moon of Saturn’s which not only has underground water but is also still spewing. And don’t forget about Venus which–like the postulated event on earth at the time of the Global Flood–got a total resurfacing job.
You can read about Walt Brown’s Hydroplate Theory at http://www.creationscience.com/onlinebook/HydroplateOverview2.html
You could also search my blog for the word “hydroplate” as I have written about it several times.
Here’s the article which appears today in Science Magazine…
Science 21 March 2008:
Vol. 319. no. 5870, pp. 1649 – 1651
Titan’s Rotation Reveals an Internal Ocean and Changing Zonal Winds
Ralph D. Lorenz,1* Bryan W. Stiles,2 Randolph L. Kirk,3 Michael D. Allison,4 Paolo Persi del Marmo,5 Luciano Iess,5 Jonathan I. Lunine,6 Steven J. Ostro,2 Scott Hensley2
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s high time that geologists quit laughing at Walt Brown, as many mainstream scientists have laughed at pioneers of the past, and start investigating his theory in a serious way. Sorry, but mainstream theories for the explanation of the geologic record on Planet Earth are weak.
I started discussions on this topic HERE and HERE and it seems that some people are relying on old information about Titan. Apparently, scientists used to believe that the crust of Titan was mostly ice, but it is now known to be much more diverse in it’s composition. Go to Science Daily and do a search of recent article on Titan and you will find quite a bit. Here’s a sampling …
SAND DUNES AND OTHER EARTHLIKE FEATURES
Titan’s Seas Are Sand, Cassini’s Images Of Saturn’s Moon Show
ScienceDaily (May 8, 2006) — Until a couple of years ago, scientists thought the dark equatorial regions of Titan
might be liquid oceans. New radar evidence shows they are seas — but seas of sand dunes like those in the Arabian or Namibian Deserts, a University of Arizona member of the Cassini radar team and colleagues report in Science (May 5).
They are not yet sure what the “sand” is composed of, but it is obvious that the crust of Titan is NOT like a giant iceberg floating on water.
ICY AND ROCKY TERRAIN WITH LIQUID HYDROCARBON LAKES
Here’s another article from Science Daily that shows “hydrocarbon pools” amid “icy and rocky terrain.”
Titan’s Surface Organics Surpass Oil Reserves On EarthScienceDaily (Feb. 21, 2008) — Saturn’s orange moon Titan has hundreds of times more liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, according to new data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The hydrocarbons rain from the sky, collecting in vast deposits that form lakes and dunes.
The new findings from the study led by Ralph Lorenz, Cassini radar team member from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md., are reported in the Jan. 29 issue of the Geophysical Research Letters.
“Titan is just covered in carbon-bearing material — it’s a giant factory of organic chemicals,” said Lorenz. “This vast carbon inventory is an important window into the geology and climate history of Titan.”