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Degassing history of Mars from Martian atmosphere samplesA comparison of the abundances of Ar-40 and He-4 (radiogenic) in various terrestrial planetary atmospheres provides clues to the volcanic and tectonic histories of the planets while the amount of primordial noble gases in the planetary atmospheres provides clues to the quantities of volatile rich materials captured by each planet. The noble gas contents of Mars, Earth, and Venus clearly show that the absolute abundances of isotopes of gases are directly proportional to the amounts of degassed CO2 into the planetary atmosphere. Several basic geological units can be seen on the global geological map of Mars. The enormous size of volcanic and tectonic structures of Mars, despite its smaller size, provide invaluable clues to the degassing history of Mars. Therefore, the collection of samples of Martian atmosphere and soil volatiles is imperative to understand the origin and evolution of the atmosphere and its interaction with the Martian surface. Surface properties of Martian rocks, soils, breccias, and regolith and their chemistry are also generic to any discussion on the origin and evolution of the atmosphere of Mars. The differences in absolute abundances of gases in the planetary atmospheres are amenable to many alternative interpretations. These alternative interpretations can be tested by imposing additional constraints derived from the isotopic results of noble gases in the atmospheres of the planets.
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Conference Paper
Rao, A. S. P. (Osmania Univ. Hyderabad, India)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1988
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Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Workshop on Mars Sample Return Science
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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