Might one have ‘frozen’ plastic surface if Saturn’s Titan’s ‘lakes were methane ‘lakes’? Hence still a smooth surface via radar? So no additional contaminant required for such process? That is, like for our synthetics etc., which just have a large number of fixed hydrogen bonds; hence it’s strength. But what’s the heat source for such synthesis? Formation at a depth, and then floating to a strata wherein the density of plastic surface is low enough to float; also any high wind effect? Plastic bags, anyone?
If liquid methane on Titan’s surface, then why not also for ‘cloud’ layers of Jupiter? For deeper ‘cloud’ layers, might one have a methane liquid surface? And at still deeper layers (or blown by winds to a higher level) might one have sufficient heat source so as to make a hydrogen bonded plastic surface strata from methane? Or plastic raindrops or snowflakes? Could one use ground penetrating radar, for lower frequency and hence greater penetration, or higher frequency for increased resolution, to determine if there is a deeper (or shallower) Jovian smooth surface – liquid or plastic? However wouldn’t water ice surface in principle be more common?
Also why should Titan’s atmosphere differ from that of Pluto’s? Or are there differences in surface water ice contaminants?
Also compare to short period comet 67P surface ice, via spectroscopy. If comet 67P surface ice is 4 Byr old, then might it be like alleged 4 Byr old Martian rock ice? Utilize infrared spectroscopy to measure hydrogen bonding between molecules, indicating mainly vibration, and perhaps rotation. Use space station as temperature control experiment, with external platform or bay, or tether; then do infrared spectroscopy to measure isolated temperature effect upon earth ice hydrogen intermolecular bond. also see Dec. 28, 2013 cryochemistry blog: Measuring temperature of space via molecular vibration etc.? Dark Age Cryochemistry?
Observations of the Icy Universe http://arxiv.org/abs/arXiv:1501.05317v1 [astro-ph.GA] 21 Jan 2015