Volatiles in the Martian Crust

Volatiles in the Martian Crust

1st Edition - August 30, 2018

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  • Editors: Justin Filiberto, Susanne Schwenzer
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128042014
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128041918

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Volatiles in the Martian Crust is a vital reference for future missions - including ESA’s EXO Mars and NASA’s Mars2020 rover - looking for evidence of life on Mars and the potential for habitability and human exploration of the Martian crust. Mars science is a rapidly evolving topic with new data returned from the planet on a daily basis. The book presents chapters written by well-established experts who currently focus on the topic, providing the reader with a fresh, up-to-date and accurate view. Organized into two main sections, the first half of the book focuses on the Martian meteorites and specific volatile elements. The second half of the book explores processes and locations on the crust, including what we have learned about volatile mobility in the Martian crust. Coverage includes data from orbiter and in situ rovers and landers, geochemical and geophysical modeling, and combined data from the SNC meteorites.

Key Features

  • Presents information about the nature, relationship, and reactivity of chemical elements and compounds on Mars
  • Explores the potential habitability of Mars
  • Provides a comprehensive view of volatiles in the Martian crust from studies of actual samples as well as from the variety of landed missions, including the MER and Curiosity rovers
  • Delivers a vital reference for ongoing and future missions to Mars while synthesizing large data sets and research on volatiles in the Martian atmosphere
  • Concludes with an informative summary chapter that looks to future Mars missions and what might be learned


Planetary scientists, petrologists, geochemists, mineralogists, and astrobiologists

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction and Overview
    Justin Filiberto
    2. Volatiles in Martian Magmas and the Interior: Inputs of Volatiles into the Crust and Atmosphere
    Justin Filiberto
    3. Noble gases in Martian meteorites: Budget, sources, sinks and processes
    Ulrich Ott
    4. Hydrogen Reservoirs in Mars as Revealed by Martian Meteorites
    Tomohiro Usui
    5. Carbonates on Mars
    John Bridges and Allan Treiman
    6. Sulfur on Mars from the Atmosphere to the Core
    Heather Franz
    7. The Hydrology of Mars including a Potential Cryosphere
    Jeremy Lasue
    8. Sequestration of Volatiles in the Martian Crust through Hydrated Minerals: A Significant Planetary Reservoir of Water
    John Mustard
    9. Volatiles Measured by the Phoenix Lander at the Northern Plains of Mars
    Samuel Kounaves
    10. Evidence for Fluid Mobility at Meridiani Planum: A Review of MER Opportunity’s 10 Years of Investigation
    Brad Jolliff
    11. Alteration Processes in Gusev Crater, Mars: Volatile/Mobile Element Contents of Rocks and Soils Determined by the Spirit Rover
    David Mittlefehldt
    12. Volatile Detections in Gale Crater Sediment and Sedimentary Rock: Results from the Mars Science Laboratory’s Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument
    Brad Sutter
    13. Conclusion and Summary
    Justin Filiberto

Product details

  • No. of pages: 426
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: August 30, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128042014
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128041918

About the Editors

Justin Filiberto

Justin Filiberto has focused on volatiles (F, Cl, H2O) in the Martian meteorites and what this can tell us about the Martian volatile budget. He is an associate editor for Journal of Geophysical Research – planets.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Geology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA

Susanne Schwenzer

Susanne P. Schwenzer has focused on noble gases in Martian meteorites, evidence for fluid mobility in the Martian meteorites, and now both, noble gases and evidence for fluid mobility, at Gale Crater from Mars Science Laboratory results. She has experience in (volunteer) editorship from two popular science books and a journal published on behalf of two different Natural Science Societies

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Physical Sciences, Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR), The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, UK

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    Volatiles in the Martian Crust 1st Edition