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Structure and Evolution of Kuiper Belt Objects and Dwarf Planets

  title={Structure and Evolution of Kuiper Belt Objects and Dwarf Planets},
  author={W. Mckinnon and D. Prialnik and S. A. Stern and A. Coradini},
  • W. Mckinnon, D. Prialnik, +1 author A. Coradini
  • Published 2008
  • Physics
  • Kuiper belt objects (KBOs) accreted from a melange of volatile ices, carbonaceous matter, and rock of mixed interstellar and solar nebular provenance. The transneptunian region, where this accretion took place, was likely more radially compact than today. This and the influence of gas drag during the solar nebula epoch argue for more rapid KBO accretion than usually considered. Early evolution of KBOs was largely the result of heating due to radioactive decay, the most important potential… CONTINUE READING
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