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The air over there; exploring exoplanet atmospheres

Laura K. Schaefer and Vivien Parmentier
The air over there; exploring exoplanet atmospheres (in Geoscience beyond the solar system, John Eiler (editor), Richard Harrison (editor), Becky Lange (editor) and Jodi Rosso (editor))
Elements (August 2021) 17 (4): 257-263


The atmospheric composition for a rocky exoplanet will depend strongly on the planet's bulk composition and orbital position. Nontraditional gases may be present in the atmospheres of exceptionally hot planets. Atmospheres of more clement planets will depend on the abundance of volatiles acquired during planet formation and atmospheric removal processes, including escape, condensation, and reaction with the surface. To date, observations of exoplanet atmospheres have focused on giant planets, but future space-and ground-based observatories will revolutionize the precision and spectral resolution with which we can probe an exoplanet's atmosphere. This article consolidates lessons learned from the study of giant planet atmospheres, and points to the observations and challenges on the horizon for terrestrial planets.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 17
Serial Issue: 4
Title: The air over there; exploring exoplanet atmospheres
Title: Geoscience beyond the solar system
Author(s): Schaefer, Laura K.Parmentier, Vivien
Author(s): Eiler, Johneditor
Author(s): Harrison, Richardeditor
Author(s): Lange, Beckyeditor
Author(s): Rosso, Jodieditor
Affiliation: Stanford University, Department of Geological Sciences, Stanford, CA, United States
Pages: 257-263
Published: 20210801
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: 30
Accession Number: 2021-076057
Categories: Extraterrestrial geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: University of Oxford, Oxford, GBR, United Kingdom
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2021, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 202152
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