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Impact erosion of terrestrial planetary atmospheresI review current ideas about the nature of the planetesimals - composition, size distribution, and the planetary encounter velocity. Previous papers on accretion and erosion of planetary atmospheres as a result of multiple impacts are reviewed. Finally, the effects of blowing off a substantial fraction of the atmosphere from a terrestrial planet due to a single giant body impact are discussed.
Document ID
19940034229
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Authors
Ahrens, Thomas J. (California Inst. of Technology Pasadena, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: In: Annual review of earth and planetary sciences. Vol. 21 (A94-10876 01-91)
Subject Category
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAG5-198
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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