New data suggests that the icy crust of Titan is twice as thick as previously estimated.

New data suggests that the icy crust of Titan is twice as thick as previously estimated.

“The picture of Titan that we get has an icy, rocky core with a radius of a little over 2,000 kilometers, an ocean somewhere in the range of 225 to 300 kilometers thick and an ice layer that is 200 kilometers thick,” [said Howard Zebker of Stanford University]. Previous models of Titan’s structure estimated the icy crust to be approximately 100 kilometers thick.

This means that the methane lakes and rivers of Titan are flowing across a bedrock of ice, which at the cold temperatures there would be as solid as rock is here on Earth.

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  • wade

    this Stunt is once again presented by seemingly scientific thinking people to hoodwink the unknowing masses into thinking we are and always were, alone and confined , unique to this Very alone planet, stuck here on planet earth.

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