“A Bubblin’ Crude” on Titan

Lakes of Hydrocarbons on TitanHere is a introduction to a report I received by e-mail this morning.  The web version is available at the Cassini web site.  It continues to amaze me that we are actually exploring our solar system to this degree.

Saturn’s orange moon Titan has hundreds of times more liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth, according to new data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The hydrocarbons rain from the sky, collecting in vast deposits that form lakes and dunes.

So, kids, how might we get this fuel from Titan to the Earth.  An interesting thought or problem-solving experience for students to engage in and then describe in detail their solutions.  Of course would having more hydrocarbons to burn be the best thing for this planet.  So an optional alternative assignment might be to describe the alternatives.

By the way, “A Bubblin’ Crude” is a reference to the 1960s TV show, The Beverly Hillbillies about an Appalachian family who finds oil on their land.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.