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.
Ahrens, Thomas J. (California Inst. of Technology Pasadena, United States)
August 16, 2013
January 1, 1993
Publication: In: Annual review of earth and planetary sciences. Vol. 21 (A94-10876 01-91)