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The lakes of Titan

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, January 2007
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6 news outlets
2 blogs
1 policy source
10 tweeters
7 Facebook pages
5 Wikipedia pages
1 Google+ user


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The lakes of Titan
Published in
Nature, January 2007
DOI 10.1038/nature05438
Pubmed ID

E. R. Stofan, C. Elachi, J. I. Lunine, R. D. Lorenz, B. Stiles, K. L. Mitchell, S. Ostro, L. Soderblom, C. Wood, H. Zebker, S. Wall, M. Janssen, R. Kirk, R. Lopes, F. Paganelli, J. Radebaugh, L. Wye, Y. Anderson, M. Allison, R. Boehmer, P. Callahan, P. Encrenaz, E. Flamini, G. Francescetti, Y. Gim, G. Hamilton, S. Hensley, W. T. K. Johnson, K. Kelleher, D. Muhleman, P. Paillou, G. Picardi, F. Posa, L. Roth, R. Seu, S. Shaffer, S. Vetrella, R. West


The surface of Saturn's haze-shrouded moon Titan has long been proposed to have oceans or lakes, on the basis of the stability of liquid methane at the surface. Initial visible and radar imaging failed to find any evidence of an ocean, although abundant evidence was found that flowing liquids have existed on the surface. Here we provide definitive evidence for the presence of lakes on the surface of Titan, obtained during the Cassini Radar flyby of Titan on 22 July 2006 (T16). The radar imaging polewards of 70 degrees north shows more than 75 circular to irregular radar-dark patches, in a region where liquid methane and ethane are expected to be abundant and stable on the surface. The radar-dark patches are interpreted as lakes on the basis of their very low radar reflectivity and morphological similarities to lakes, including associated channels and location in topographic depressions. Some of the lakes do not completely fill the depressions in which they lie, and apparently dry depressions are present. We interpret this to indicate that lakes are present in a number of states, including partly dry and liquid-filled. These northern-hemisphere lakes constitute the strongest evidence yet that a condensable-liquid hydrological cycle is active in Titan's surface and atmosphere, in which the lakes are filled through rainfall and/or intersection with the subsurface 'liquid methane' table.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 8 5%
France 2 1%
Italy 2 1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Puerto Rico 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Unknown 157 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 40 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 38 22%
Student > Master 29 17%
Student > Bachelor 18 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 11 6%
Other 36 21%
Unknown 1 <1%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 65 38%
Physics and Astronomy 53 31%
Chemistry 17 10%
Unspecified 11 6%
Engineering 8 5%
Other 18 10%
Unknown 1 <1%

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