Thursday, March 09, 2006

FOXNews.com - Science News - Liquid Water Spotted on Saturnian Moon

Specifically, the NASA-ESA robot ship Cassini has sent back photographs showing what appears to be liquid water, water vapor, and chunks of water ice spewing forth from geysers on Enciladus, one of Saturn's many moons.

Geysers imply subsurface water--that's what forms geysers here on earth. This raises another question: how did that water get there? To answer that question, we need to know more about how Enciladus formed to begin with.

The key to this finding is that Enciladus is "geologically active." That means a hot core, heated perhaps by tidal friction. And as to the water--erosion channels are one thing. They could mean water dumped on the surface from above, perhaps in the Great Flood. But geysers? They imply that Enciladus has "fountains of the deep," same as the earth once had, and still has, though to a far lesser extent than was the case before the Flood.

The real cause of the excitement is, of course--life in outer space. Well, sure--the Flood ejected a lot of mud into space, and if some of that mud splattered on Enciladus, we now know that it could very well have survived. Earth itself is host to a large number of germs called extremophiles that survive in environments that would kill any other kinds of germs. Could Mars or another body in the solar system be playing host to such germs left over from the Flood event? Most certainly.

But the geysers do present another puzzle--and raise the possibility that God made a lot of bodies in our solar system with liquid water on them. Including, perhaps, Mars itself.

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