SNC Meteorites: Atmosphere Implantation Ages and the Climatic Evolution of Mars

C. E. Moyano-Cambero, Josep M. Trigo-Rodríguez, Javier Martin-Torres

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SNC meteorites are Martian rocks that provide valuable information about the atmospheric composition of Mars over time. These meteorites experienced significant shock during the impact that released them from Mars, and during the flight through the Martian atmosphere some of the gases were retained in the melted shock-altered glasses. As using different radiogenic systems can precisely date such shock processes, SNC achondrites can be considered time capsules capable of providing significant insight into the atmospheric evolution of Mars. Different SNCs were released by impacts at different times, having then different atmosphere-implantation ages, so in practice we can obtain clues on the composition of Mars’ atmosphere at different times. Taking this information into account, we have developed a 1D model of the evolution of Martian Mars’ atmosphere mass, near surface temperature and pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAstrophysics and Space Science Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Spectroscopy
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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Moyano-Cambero, C. E., Trigo-Rodríguez, J. M., & Martin-Torres, J. (2013). SNC Meteorites: Atmosphere Implantation Ages and the Climatic Evolution of Mars. In Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings (Vol. 35, pp. 165-172). Springer Netherlands.