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


The hydrocarbons rain from the sky on the miserable moon, collecting in vast deposits that form lakes and dunes. This much was known. But now the stuff has been quantified using observations from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.




The article title says oil, but I'm not entirely sure if they mean that as a general term or if it is similar to petroleum Oil.


Edited sentence - Evan

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Hey!!!! Abiogenic petroleum!!!


What happened to the hydrocarbons such as methane in the early earth atmosphere? Some could have been trapped in the earth's crust as the early molten earth was churning. Remember this went on for a billion years. Subjected to enormous heat and pressure, long chain hydrocarbons would have formed.

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