Near-Surface Temperatures on Mercury and the Moon and the Stability of Polar Ice Deposits☆

  title={Near-Surface Temperatures on Mercury and the Moon and the Stability of Polar Ice Deposits☆},
  author={Ashwin R. Vasavada and David A. Paige and Stephen E. Wood},
Abstract In order to assess the thermal stability of polar ice deposits, we present model calculated temperatures of flat surfaces and surfaces within bowl-shaped and flat-floored polar impact craters on Mercury and the Moon. Our model includes appropriate insolation cycles, realistic crater shapes, multiple scattering of sunlight and infrared radiation, and depth- and temperature-dependent regolith thermophysical properties. Unshaded water ice deposits on the surface of either body are rapidly… 

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