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The Evolution of CO2 on MarsThe consequences of the hypothesis that the evolution of CO2 is directly linked to the occurrence of at least transitory pockets of moisture were exposed. The current conditions preclude the existence of open bodies of liquid water and the formation of moisture in disequilibrium is not excluded by any known constraints. The water evaporation rate is inversely proportional to PCO2, and the existence of a limiting value (P*) for which liquid water can form in the Mars environment is postulated. The evolution of PCO2 is controlled largely by relatively rapid aqueous chemistry forming carbon-containing sedimentary rocks, perhaps during early history in open water, but more recently in transitory pockets of moisture in the soil. Once the total atmospheric pressure is reduced to near P*, the occurrence of transitory moisture is inhibited, and atmospheric CO2 is no longer depleted by an efficient mechanism. The role of the carbonate reservoir in the current overall carbon budget on Mars, according to this scheme, is illustrated.
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Legacy CDMS
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Kahn, R.
(Washington Univ. Saint Louis, MO, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Washington Repts. of Planetary Geol. and Geophys. Program
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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