Volatiles in the Martian Crust is a vital reference for future missions - including ESA's EXO Mars and NASA's Mars2020 rover - looking for evidence of life on Mars and the potential for habitability and human exploration of the Martian crust. Mars science is a rapidly evolving topic with new data returned from the planet on a daily basis. The book presents chapters written by well-established experts who currently focus on the topic, providing the reader with a fresh, up-to-date and accurate view.
Organized into two main sections, the first half of the book focuses on the Martian meteorites and specific volatile elements. The second half of the book explores processes and locations on the crust, including what we have learned about volatile mobility in the Martian crust. Coverage includes data from orbiter and in situ rovers and landers, geochemical and geophysical modeling, and combined data from the SNC meteorites.
- Presents information about the nature, relationship, and reactivity of chemical elements and compounds on Mars
- Explores the potential habitability of Mars
- Provides a comprehensive view of volatiles in the Martian crust from studies of actual samples as well as from the variety of landed missions, including the MER and Curiosity rovers
- Delivers a vital reference for ongoing and future missions to Mars while synthesizing large data sets and research on volatiles in the Martian atmosphere
- Concludes with an informative summary chapter that looks to future Mars missions and what might be learned
1. Introduction and Overview 2. Constraints on the Volatile Budget of the Interior, Martian Magmas, and Degassing Potential 3. Noble Gases in Martian Meteorites: What They Can Tell Us about the Volatile Budget, Sources, and Sinks 4. Hydrogen Reservoirs in Mars as Revealed by SNC Meteorites 5. Carbonates in ALHA 84001 Records of Ancient Fluids 6. Sulfur on Mars 7. The Hydrology of Mars including a Potential Cryosphere 8. Evidence for Low Temperature Hydrothermal Activity Recorded in the Nakhlites 9. Evidence for a Hydrated Martian Crust from Orbiter Analyses 10. Phoenix Results - Ice, Snow, and Isotopes 11. Evidence for Fluid Mobility at Meridiani Planum: A Review of MER Opportunity's 10 Years of Investigation 12. Hydrothermal Activity Seen at Gusev Crater Evidenced by Opaline Silica, Sulfate Soils, and Fe-Carbonates 13. Volatiles and Isotopes in Gale Crater from Curiosity 14. Potential for Habitability of a CI-Rich Martian Crust 15. Conclusion and Summary
Number Of Pages: 426
Published: 1st October 2017
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.1
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1