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The early heat loss evolution of Mars and their implications for internal and environmental history

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Ruiz Pérez, Javier (2014) The early heat loss evolution of Mars and their implications for internal and environmental history. Scientific reports, 4 (4338). pp. 1-7. ISSN 2045-2322

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Abstract

The time around 3.7 Ga ago was an epoch when substantial changes in Mars occurred: a substantial decline in aqueous erosion/degradation of landscape features; a change from abundant phyllosilicate formation to abundant acidic and evaporitic mineralogy; a change from olivine-rich volcanism to olivine-pyroxene volcanism; and maybe the cessation of the martian dynamo. Here I show that Mars also experienced profound changes in its internal dynamics in the same approximate time, including a reduction of heat flow and a drastic increasing of lithosphere strength. The reduction of heat flow indicates a limited cooling (or even a heating-up) of the deep interior for post-3.7 Ga times. The drastic increasing of lithosphere strength indicates a cold lithosphere above the inefficiently cooled (or even heated) interior. All those changes experienced by Mars were most probably linked and suggest the existence of profound interrelations between interior dynamics and environmental evolution of this planet.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mars; Geology
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Geodynamics
ID Code:33082
Deposited On:10 Sep 2015 11:01
Last Modified:14 Sep 2015 07:55

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