Behavior of Carbon Dioxide and Other Volatiles on Mars

@article{Leighton1966BehaviorOC,
  title={Behavior of Carbon Dioxide and Other Volatiles on Mars},
  author={Robert B. Leighton and Bruce C. Murray},
  journal={Science},
  year={1966},
  volume={153},
  pages={136 - 144}
}
We have found that a rather simple thermal model of the Martian surface, in combination with current observations of the atmospheric composition, points strongly toward the conclusion that the polar caps of Mars consist almost entirely of frozen CO2. This study was based upon the following principal assumptions. 1) Carbon dioxide is a major constituent of the Martian atmosphere. 2) The blanketing effect of the atmosphere is small, and due principally to the absorption band of CO2 near 15… 
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