Scientists Discover Massive Methane-Based Ecosystem

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    May 29, 2013 8:49 PM GMT
    http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-05/scientists-discover-giant-methane-based-ecosystem-virginia-coast
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    May 29, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
    Doesn't DIN live around there...icon_neutral.gif
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    May 30, 2013 12:24 AM GMT
    This means, the probability of finding life in Titan has increased
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    May 30, 2013 12:38 AM GMT
    There was a time when the majority of earth's atmosphere was composed of methane and methanogens were likely the only form of life. Therefore, it is not surprising that such creatures still exist in areas where methane concentration is high.
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    May 30, 2013 12:41 AM GMT
    The seep's surrounding ecosystem also contained sea cucumbers, shrimp and fish, some of which exhibited what the researchers call "unusual behaviors," though they did not elaborate.


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    May 30, 2013 1:26 AM GMT
    Harry7785 saidThis means, the probability of finding life in Titan has increased
    Methane on Earth is a gas. On Titan it's a liquid. The probability remains the same...near zero.
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    paulflexes said
    Harry7785 saidThis means, the probability of finding life in Titan has increased
    Methane on Earth is a gas. On Titan it's a liquid. The probability remains the same...near zero.


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    May 30, 2013 4:07 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Harry7785 saidThis means, the probability of finding life in Titan has increased
    Methane on Earth is a gas. On Titan it's a liquid. The probability remains the same...near zero.


    But, for the life to exist, it needs some medium to live in...like the early bacteria was formed in water.

    & as you said 'Methane on Earth is a gas. On Titan it's a liquid'
    similarly water on Venus is vapor but on earth is mostly liquid. And life came into existence on earth but not on Venus.

    We are water based life forms and there is a chance in other worlds for life to exist in different forms other than water.
    What methane to us is water to them & what water to us is methane to them...It's a simple theory, but it has a deep meaning.

    But again, it's only a probability, a likelihood...for the life to exist thousand of factors should cooperate with each other at a right place at the right time.
    There may be other factors that contribute in Titan that may not cooperate for the life to evolve.
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    May 30, 2013 4:09 AM GMT
    Myol said
    paulflexes said
    Harry7785 saidThis means, the probability of finding life in Titan has increased
    Methane on Earth is a gas. On Titan it's a liquid. The probability remains the same...near zero.


    Nerds are so hot....
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