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The tree types of liquid water in the surface of present Mars

Möhlmann, D. (2010) The tree types of liquid water in the surface of present Mars. International Journal of Astrobiology, 9 (1), pp. 45-49. Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/S147355040999036X. ISSN 1473-5504 .

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Thermodynamics teaches that pure liquid bulk water cannot stably exist on the surface of Mars. However, it is shown by thermodynamic arguments that liquid water can exist, at least temporarily, in the upper surface of Mars, in form of: (a) undercooled liquid interfacial water (ULI water); (b) undercooled liquid water in cryo-brines; and (c) liquid bulk water (due to solid-state greenhouse subsurface melting) in the subsurface of ice aries, which are covered by a lid of solid ice only. The presence of these forms of liquid water on present Mars is discussed in detail and in view of the possible consequences for physical, chemical and eventual biological processes.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/62206/
Document Type:Article
Title:The tree types of liquid water in the surface of present Mars
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Journal or Publication Title:International Journal of Astrobiology
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1017/S147355040999036X
Page Range:pp. 45-49
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Keywords:Mars, liquid water, liquid brines, sub-surface melting, solid state greenhouse effect
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Vergleichende Planetologie (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research
Deposited By: Pieth, Susanne
Deposited On:05 Jan 2010 09:14
Last Modified:26 Feb 2013 15:00

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