Water condensed as ice beyond the water snowline, the location in the Sun’s natal gaseous disk where temperatures were below 170 K. As the disk evolved and cooled, the snowline moved inwards. A low temperature in the terrestrial planet-forming region is unlikely to be the origin of water on the planets, and the distinct isotopic compositions of planetary objects formed in the inner and outer disks suggest limited early mixing of inner and outer Solar System materials. Water in our terrestrial planets has rather been derived from H-bearing materials indigenous to the inner disk and delivered by water-rich planetesimals formed beyond the snowline and scattered inwards during the growth, migration, and dynamical evolution of the giant planets.
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Research Article| June 01, 2022
Origin of Water in the Terrestrial Planets: Insights from Meteorite Data and Planet Formation Models
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Andre Izidoro, Laurette Piani; Origin of Water in the Terrestrial Planets: Insights from Meteorite Data and Planet Formation Models. Elements 2022;; 18 (3): 181–186. doi: https://doi.org/10.2138/gselements.18.3.181
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