Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MARS IS BURPING METHANE....TERMITE FLATULENCE OR SUBSURFACE LIQUID WATER INTERACTION?

Curiosity Rover Detects Martian Methane Burps

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NASA's Curiosity Rover originally seemed to confirm that Mars had  a pretty much methane free atmosphere. Then recently it has detected short bursts of methane from near by localized sources. These short lived methane burps seem to suggest that something below the Martian surface is producing methane. Our own Namazu introduced our readers a long time ago to the major source of methane in our own atmosphere ...termite flatulence.  http://americanadmiraltybooks.blogspot.com/2013/09/have-you-heard-one-about-termite.html
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Is the subterranean methane escaping into the Martian atmosphere of biological origin  or the more rarely observed source of water interacting with certain rock types? Martian versions of termites? But then what do they feed on? Or is the methane detected evidence of underground liquid water? Either way this could be potentially big news. below are links to stories carrying more details. 

Top of Termite Mound by தகவலுழவன்  Creative Commons Lic.. 


http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2014/12/15/science.1261713.abstract


http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26709-curiosity-rover-detects-martian-methane-burps.html#.VJCGhSvF9nh



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