the fact that the crater edges were steep was a good pre-landing indicator
of a hard surface. Dust can't support steep crater edges.
>Is Tom Gold the same Tom Gold who backed the drilling in Sweden for methane
>deposits at great depths? One of his theories was something along the lines
>that there are vast deposits of methane underneath the oceans and below
>impact craters on land. I remember meeting a Tom Gold back in the '80s at a
>workshop in Mont Ste. Marie, Quebec.
Yes that is the same guy. There is a story behind the Siljan crater. The
Swedes had voted to shut down all nuclear power plants. The Government was
trying to find energy sources so that their people wouldn't freeze in the
dark when the nukes were shut down. That is what drove the testing of
Gold's ideas on methane outgassing. And by the way, everyone knows that
methane is outgassing from the earth. That was not the issue for the oil
man in that well. The issue wasthe unliklihood of having porosity in those
rocks. One must have a porous zone or there is no reservoir.
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