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Analysis of Subsurface Clathrates in the Upper Crust of Titan
External Online Source: hdl:2014/42247
Author and Affiliation:
Elliott, John(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, CA, United States)
Abstract: Titan has an atmosphere rich in methane, which should have long since been depleted unless a mechanism exists for storing this molecule below the surface. One hypothesis is that methane could be stored in the form of a clathrate hydrate, which is a structure with an ice lattice forming molecular cages in which gases are trapped. It is stable at low temperatures and over a wide range of pressures, suggesting that a clathrate hydrate may have stored methane on Titan from the beginning of its history.
Publication Date: Aug 01, 2011
Document ID:
20120015832
(Acquired Nov 21, 2012)
Subject Category: LUNAR AND PLANETARY SCIENCE AND EXPLORATION
Document Type: Technical Report
Financial Sponsor: Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech.; Pasadena, CA, United States
Organization Source: Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech.; Pasadena, CA, United States
Description: 5p; In English; Original contains color illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: CLATHRATES; METHANE; CALORIMETERS; TITAN ATMOSPHERE; HIGH PRESSURE; TITAN; HYDRATES; PLANETARY SURFACES; CALIBRATING; ICE; LOW TEMPERATURE
Other Descriptors: TITAN; CLATHRATE HYDRATE; METHANE; CRYOVOLCANIC
Miscellaneous Notes: NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP), Pasadena, California, August 2011
Availability Source: Other Sources
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