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The making of the atmosphereA model for the evolution of the earth's atmosphere is proposed in which the atmosphere and oceans are assumed to have accumulated as a result of volatile outgassing from the earth's interior. The bulk of the outgassed volatiles were originally trapped within the solid earth during the planetary accretion process, while other volatiles resulted from radiogenic decay within the solid earth. Atmospheric oxygen resulted from the photo-dissociation of water vapor during the earth's early history and from photosynthetic activity in more recent times. The origin and evolution of atmospheric ozone is closely related to the growth of oxygen. The rise of ozone and the evolution of life is discussed in terms of an evolving oxygen atmosphere.
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Conference Paper
Levine, J. S.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1976
Publication Information
Publication: Advan. in Eng. Sci., Vol. 3
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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