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 5609},
  pages={
          1051-3
        }
}
  • Shane Byrne, Andrew P. Ingersoll
  • Published in Science 2003
  • Geology, Medicine
  • 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… CONTINUE READING

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