[extropy-chat] Deep-earth methane generation

Paul p.c.vanvidum at gmail.com
Thu Apr 28 03:23:05 UTC 2005

* Some methane gas sources are certainly *not* of biological origin.

> The latest support for Gold comes from experiments by H. Scot, Indiana
> University, who subjected water and marble to the environment expected
> at depths of 12 miles and more. Sure enough, the water's hydrogen combined
> with the marble's carbon to form methane (CH4).
> Such abiotic processes could provide us with "fossil" fuels for millennia.

I wonder if the same or similar process is responsible martian methane, 
rather than sub-surface biology.

Paul C.
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