Noble Gases And Stable Isotopes Track The Origin And Early Evolution Of The Venus Atmosphere

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
October 10, 2022
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Noble Gases And Stable Isotopes Track The Origin And Early Evolution Of The Venus Atmosphere

The composition the atmosphere of Venus results from the integration of many processes entering into play over the entire geological history of the planet.

Determining the elemental abundances and isotopic ratios of noble gases (He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe) and stable isotopes (H, C, N, O, S) in the Venus atmosphere is a high priority scientific target since it could open a window on the origin and early evolution of the entire planet.

This chapter provides an overview of the existing dataset on noble gases and stable isotopes in the Venus atmosphere. The current state of knowledge on the origin and early and long-term evolution of the Venus atmosphere deduced from this dataset is summarized.

A list of persistent and new unsolved scientific questions stemming from recent studies of planetary atmospheres (Venus, Earth and Mars) are described. Important mission requirements pertaining to the measurement of volatile elements in the atmosphere of Venus as well as potential technical difficulties are outlined.

Guillaume Avice, Rita Parai, Seth Jacobson, Jabrane Labidi, Melissa G. Trainer, Mihail P. Petkov

Comments: 40 pages, 10 figures, 1 table
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as: arXiv:2210.03176 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:2210.03176v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
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From: Guillaume Avice
[v1] Thu, 6 Oct 2022 19:32:27 UTC (2,420 KB)

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