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We have read various mysteries and research about the Saturn’s largest moon ‘Titan’. Earlier it said to have fizzy hydrocarbon lakes and waterfalls of methane. This time scientist has found something more interesting signs of electric sand. Yes, you might not believe it, but it seems to be true.

The Journal Nature Geoscience may help us to understand these findings. The usual air on the Titan flow from east to west across its surface. However, sand particles seem to build a 300 feet long sandy dunes in the opposite direction.

According to the Josh Mendez Harper, these electrostatic forces tends to increase the frictional threshold. This frictional force is so strong that it makes particles so sticky and cohesive. The wind on the titan’s surface is not so strong to shape the sands dunes. Only a heavy wind have the power to move them. This means this force is very strong enough to hold these particles strongly.

To prove this fact, many scientists has started working in labs. They have created the dummy conditions in a vessel that match with the Titan’s surface. Further, they have injected grains of naphthalene and biphenyl in this vessel. These two toxic compounds are believed to exist on moon’s surface.

Now, they have rotated this vessel for 20 min in dry and pure nitrogen conditions. They have used this gas as the moon’s atmosphere contains 98% nitrogen. Once they are done with the process, they have found very impressive results. Mendez Harper the main lead of the experiment said that all elements charged very well and about 2 to 5 % didn’t come out of the vessel. They gripped to the inside and fixed together.

However, when he did the same test with the sand in the earth like conditions, they all come out of the vessel. The particles do pick up the charge when it was rotated but are tiny and dissipate very soon.

This proves that why we need water on earth in order to keep sand together. So, you might need wait to make your castles without water until scientist found life sign on this moon.

 

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