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Origin and evolution of planetary atmospheres

Pollack, James B. and Yung, Yuk L. (1980) Origin and evolution of planetary atmospheres. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 8 . pp. 425-487. ISSN 0084-6597. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:POLareps80

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Abstract

Spacecraft and groundbased observations of the atmospheres of solar system objects have provided a definition of their present characteristics and have yielded clues about their past history. Table 1 presents a summary of our current knowledge of the atmospheric properties of all the planets, except Pluto, and several satellites. The masses of these atmospheres range from the very miniscule values for the Moon, Mercury, and Io, to the more substantial values for the Earth, Venus, Mars, and Titan, to the very large values for the giant planets, where the atmosphere constitutes a significant fraction of the total planetary mass. The compositions of these atmospheres encompass ones dominated by rare gases (the Moon and Mercury), ones containing highly oxidized compounds of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur (the outer three terrestrial planets and Io), and ones with highly reduced gases (Titan and the giant planets). What factors account for this enormous diversity in properties?


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