Tidally driven tectonic activity as a parameter in exoplanet habitability

  title={Tidally driven tectonic activity as a parameter in exoplanet habitability},
  author={Sarah Mcintyre},
  journal={Astronomy \& Astrophysics},
  • Sarah Mcintyre
  • Published 7 April 2022
  • Geology, Physics
  • Astronomy & Astrophysics
Context. The habitability of an exoplanet is defined by its ability to support surface liquid water. The long-term carbon cycle plays an important role in regulating planetary temperature, thus supporting the conditions for the preservation of surface liquid water and, consequently, the habitability of exoplanets. Aims. On Earth, plate tectonics play an integral role in driving the long-term carbon cycle; however, on tidally locked rocky exoplanets, alternative tectonic mechanisms driven by… 

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