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Extraterrestrial water

Michael E. Zolensky
Extraterrestrial water (in Fluids in planetary systems, Robert J. Bodnar (editor))
Elements (January 2005) 1 (1): 39-43


Abundant water ice was formed in the solar nebula outward of about 4 astronomical units and, during the entire history of the solar system, has been carried into the inner solar system in icy and hydrated bodies. We do not know which sources of water dominated in the inner solar system, but micrometeorites derived from C-class asteroids may have been most important. Today, hydrous materials occur throughout the solar system from Jupiter inwards, at least. Significant quantities of liquid water are, however, probably present only on Earth and some icy moons of Jupiter and possibly Saturn.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 1
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Extraterrestrial water
Title: Fluids in planetary systems
Author(s): Zolensky, Michael E.
Author(s): Bodnar, Robert J.editor
Affiliation: NASA, Johnson Space Center, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science, Houston, TX, United States
Affiliation: Virgina Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Geosciences, Blacksburg, VA, United States
Pages: 39-43
Published: 200501
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 34
Accession Number: 2005-014038
Categories: Extraterrestrial geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200506
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