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Shoemoodoshaloo
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?

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

Shoemoodoshaloo
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.

antoniseb
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].