Hydrogen isotope compositions of the martian atmosphere and crustal materials can provide unique insights into the hydrological and geological evolution of Mars. While the present-day deuterium-to-hydrogen ratio (D/H) of the Mars atmosphere is well constrained (~6 times that of terrestrial ocean water), that of its deep silicate interior (specifically, the mantle) is less so. In fact, the hydrogen isotope composition of the primordial martian mantle is of great interest since it has implications for the origin and abundance of water on that planet.
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- hydrogen isotope
- magmatic water
- Martian meteorites--Analysis.
- Martian meteorites
- Partial requirement for: M.S., Arizona State University, 2015Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 37-43)Note typebibliography
- Field of study: Geological sciences