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- n. Plural form of tholin.
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The moon's surface is totally obscured by an orange haze made up of complex organics (called tholins), which form when methane is destroyed by ultraviolet light from the Sun.
They may be representative of the organic mix called "tholins" by Carl Sagan when he produced the reddish brew of prebiotic chemicals in the lab from gases that were known to be present in Titan's atmosphere.