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Subject: What generates, or generated Titan's atmosphere?

Date: Tue Nov 20 12:50:52 2001
Posted by Matt Gillespie
Grade level: undergrad School: No school entered.
City: El Paso State/Province: Texas Country: USA
Area of science: Astronomy
ID: 1006278652.As

Straightforward, what created the substantial atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan?
I know the air is flooded with organic chemicals that, when exposed to 
sunlight, create a substance much like smog.  What is the source of all this 
organic chemistry?
I know that finding life there is, at best, a longshot, and that the atmosphere 
probably isn't being produced by volcanism and breathing creatures as it is 
Thank you for your time...

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