Quantifying the martian geochemical reservoirs: An interdisciplinary perspective

Michael J. Toplis, James Bell, Eric Chassefière, Christophe Sotin, Tilman Spohn, Michel Blanc

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The Special Issue of Space Science Review 2013 discusses the ISSI-Europlanet Workshop entitled 'Quantifying the Martian Geochemical Reservoirs', organized in April 2011 at Bern with the objective to create a diverse interdisciplinary forum composed of scientists directly involved in space-based exploration of the Martian surface, meteoriticists studying SNC meteorites, and planetary and/or Earth scientists simulating, numerically or experimentally, the physical and chemical processes occurring on or within Mars. The special volume begins with a paper by Brasser, describing current thoughts on the formation of Mars, the reasons for its relatively small size, the composition of its building blocks and its accretion time-scale. The second contribution by Mezger and co-researchers is largely based on isotopic studies of the SNC meteorites, which can be used to constrain the extent and time-scales of planet-wide differentiation into a core, mantle, and crust. Lasue focuses on the Martian hydrosphere/crusher, considering the morphological evidence for the presence of water, both at the present time and in the past.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-9
Number of pages5
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Jan 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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