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Volatiles in the Martian Crust - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128041918, 9780128042014

Volatiles in the Martian Crust

1st Edition

Editors: Justin Filiberto Susanne Schwenzer
eBook ISBN: 9780128042014
Paperback ISBN: 9780128041918
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 30th August 2018
Page Count: 426
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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


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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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