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Fraser
2008-Dec-16, 02:30 PM
A cold volcano seems like an oxymoron, but active "cryovolcanoes" may actually be spewing a super-chilled liquid into the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. The beauty of Cassini's long and now extended mission is the numerous flybys the spacecraft is able to take of several of Saturn's most interesting moons. We reported yesterday [...]

More... (http://www.universetoday.com/2008/12/16/possible-cryovolcanoes-on-titan/)

Mr. Milton Banana
2008-Dec-18, 12:30 AM
Okay, so here's a question...

Could life possibly exist in the possible water/ammonia ocean below the crust-the water/ammonia mixture that would come out of a cryovolcano? I'm assuming there would be heat in Titan's interior, given Saturn's pull on it and that of the other moons. How warm/hot could it get? Could there be a possible "life zone" between the bottom of this ocean-being near the core and possibly hot-and the severe cold near the top of the ocean, where this water/ammonia mix would come out of cryovolcanoes?

I'm thinking about how much organic material is on Titan, and I'm wondering how much is in the liquid interior.

timb
2008-Dec-18, 12:59 AM
Astrobiology and habitability of Titan (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008SSRv..135...37R) I'm sure you can find more references if you use the search engine (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abstract_service.html).