Habitable Trinity

James M. Dohm, Shigenori Maruyama

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    Abstract

    Habitable Trinity is a newly proposed concept of a habitable environment. This concept indicates that the coexistence of an atmosphere (consisting largely of C and N), an ocean (H and O), and a landmass (supplier of nutrients) accompanying continuous material circulation between these three components driven by the Sun is one of the minimum requirements for life to emerge and evolve. The life body consists of C, O, H, N and other various nutrients, and therefore, the presence of water, only, is not a sufficient condition. Habitable Trinity environment must be maintained to supply necessary components for life body. Our Habitable Trinity concept can also be applied to other planets and moons such as Mars, Europa, Titan, and even exoplanets as a useful index in the quest for life-containing planetary bodies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)95-101
    Number of pages7
    JournalGeoscience Frontiers
    Volume6
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015

    Keywords

    • Atmosphere
    • Habitable Trinity
    • Landmass
    • Ocean
    • Sun

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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    Dohm, J. M., & Maruyama, S. (2015). Habitable Trinity. Geoscience Frontiers, 6(1), 95-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gsf.2014.01.005