View Full Version : Stupid question about titan...

2005-Mar-02, 11:41 PM
Ok, they've found that titan has methane streams and clouds. Wouldn't this imply that the rivers are flammable, as is the atmosphere? If so, wouldn't something (lighting, volcano, comet collision) have ignited it by now? I mean, how do you stop a methane lake fire? Am I missing something?

2005-Mar-02, 11:54 PM
maybe oxygen??? I haven't heard all of the different gases.

2005-Mar-02, 11:56 PM
I just came back here to say that. I was pondering it and I finally figured it had to do something with oxygen. I'm going to find the composition. Will update.

2005-Mar-03, 12:02 AM
Originally posted by Shoemoodoshaloo@Mar 2 2005, 11:56 PM
I finally figured it had to do something with oxygen.
Combustion happens when the gasses present can react chemically with something in an exothermic reaction. The stuff on Titan is pretty much at its lowest possible energy state given the materials that are there. There is no substantial molecular Oxygen in the atmosphere [as StarLab as suggested].