Stability of Nitrogen in Planetary Atmospheres in Contact with Liquid Water

@article{Hu2019StabilityON,
  title={Stability of Nitrogen in Planetary Atmospheres in Contact with Liquid Water},
  author={R. Hu and Hector Delgado Diaz},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2019},
  volume={886},
  pages={126}
}
  • R. Hu, Hector Delgado Diaz
  • Published 2019
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
  • Molecular nitrogen is the most commonly assumed background gas that supports habitability on rocky planets. Despite its chemical inertness, nitrogen molecules are broken by lightning, hot volcanic vents, and bolide impacts, and can be converted into soluble nitrogen compounds and then sequestered in the ocean. The very stability of nitrogen, and that of nitrogen-based habitability, is thus called into question. Here we determine the lifetime of molecular nitrogen vis-a-vis aqueous sequestration… CONTINUE READING
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