I left Earth to sail alone across the stars. Using a little chemistry and some simplifying assumptions, a fairly basic calculation can be performed. Follow our Twitter Account to see the latest posts and occasionally watch people fight with a bot that can't respond. The violence of our home world tempers our perception. On Earth, I once captained an old-fashioned sailing yacht with a hull formed of concrete and steel. And, at very high concentrations, it can cause death by asphyxiation (since there isn't enough oxygen to get to your lungs). And how exactly do you sail via celestial navigation with no polar star and an atmosphere of dense haze. The scuppers bog down and begin to swamp. The truth is undoubtedly somewhere in the middle. The captain and crew knew, they knew as soon as the first wave rolled, but still they could do nothing. To determine what percent is methane, all we do is divide: Now, one thing left out of the analysis is this: How much air inside the house is exchanged with the air outside on a daily basis? Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), 5 fantastic nautical science fiction novels, Biodiversity Wednesday: Life around deep sea methane seeps. Even a vacuum suit will eventually fail. I’ve been waiting weeks for this wind. In the chart, the worst sample had 70 mg of methane per liter of drinking water. Calliope has no motor. Anti-fracking scaremongering about methane in drinking water fails scrutiny from basic chemistry. Nature Publishes Top 100 List for Ecology Papers. She was heavy. That's not very much at all, and it's far, far below levels that would be considered dangerous. Should this worry us? And, the average American family of four uses 400 gallons (1514 L) of water per day. ), 1500 sq ft x 10 ft = 15,000 cubic feet = 424,753 L, At the end of a single day, assuming the house is airtight, 0.035% of the air will be composed of methane. If you enjoy Southern Fried Science, consider contributing to. The Earth may be angry, but Titan relentlessly unsympathetic. A hybrid of Inuit and Celtic origins, the skin-on-frame craft trades wooden stays for infinitely-adaptable carbon nanotubes and heavy hides for continuously-repaired polymetallic sheets. The ship goes down, the crew condemned to a cruel death. That would be tough to model, but if the residents were paranoid, they could always purchase a methane gas detector (which also detects propane and carbon monoxide). The authors sampled well water and plotted the amount of methane in the water (y-axis) as a function of the distance in kilometers (x-axis) from a gas well. This means that a human with a density just slightly less than water would sink … So What? The air is so cold that frozen water is hard as stone. Earthly sailors underestimate the methane seas of Titan. All the times gender bias has reared its ugly head. An exposure suit may save you from drowning, just long enough for the cold and the deep to kill you. Fun Science FRIEDay – A fish without blood, Fun Science FRIEDay – Suspended Animation, Academia should be more Skyrim and less Mario Kart to address lack of long-term diversity, Defining Your Audience (Or How To Plan The Worst Birthday Ever), Hot air for windmills, oceans get layered, and North Korean ghost ships – What’s up with the Oceans this Week. That depends on how big your house is. It must be because of fracking. Her displacement is perfectly calibrated to cargo and crew. But all words rage, if you look close enough. She was fast and graceful; her keel, long and aggressive. Infamously (and dishonestly) portrayed in the "documentary" Gasland, a guy in Colorado lights his tap water on fire. That sounds like a lot. South 60 is the southernmost outpost on the shore of Kraken Mare. I’m a long way from Trade Winds. As shown, the closer a well is to a fracking site, the more likely it is to have a higher methane concentration. But, the average home in 1973 was 1,660 square feet. She glides across the methane waves, her micron-thin skin barely touching the surface. PNAS June 24, 2013. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1221635110, (H/T: Special thanks to Rhett Allain and Hank Campbell for double-checking my calculations. Half meter waves rolling at just the wrong angle are certain death on Titan. They marked every milestone of a textbook failure as they accepted their fate. Like so many controversial topics, it is hard to get good information on fracking. Risky, but lucrative. (Perhaps Gasland Part II will correct the record.). I’ve seen a ship founder. My ship, Calliope, rolls with the sea until her sail lifts her onto plain. Is it?