A Sublimation Model for Martian South Polar Ice Features

@article{Byrne2003ASM,
  title={A Sublimation Model for Martian South Polar Ice Features},
  author={Shane Byrne and Andrew P. Ingersoll},
  journal={Science},
  year={2003},
  volume={299},
  pages={1051 - 1053}
}
In their pioneering work, Leighton and Murray argued that the Mars atmosphere, which at present is 95% carbon dioxide, is controlled by vapor equilibrium with a much larger polar reservoir of solid carbon dioxide. Here we argue that the polar reservoir is small and cannot function as a long-term buffer to the more massive atmosphere. Our work is based on modeling of the circular depressions commonly found on the south polar cap. We argue that a carbon dioxide ice layer about 8 meters thick is… Expand
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