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Stability of the Martian Atmosphere

Michael B. McElroy and Thomas M. Donahue
Science
New Series, Vol. 177, No. 4053 (Sep. 15, 1972), pp. 986-988
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1734144
Page Count: 3

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Topics: Oxygen, Hydrogen, Carbon dioxide, Mixing ratios, Mars, Atmospherics, Photolysis, Altitude, Chemicals, Atoms
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Abstract

A detailed chemical dynamic model is presented for a moist martian atmosphere. Recombination of carbon dioxide is catalyzed by trace amounts of water. The abundances of carbon monoxide and molecular oxygen should vary in response to changes in atmospheric water and atmospheric mixing.

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