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Yung and Pinto 1978

Yung, Y.L., and J.P. Pinto, 1978: Primitive atmosphere and implications for the formation of channels on Mars. Nature, 273, 730-732, doi:10.1038/273730a0.

The channels on Mars suggest that a flowing fluid has been present on the surface of the planet. It seems natural to assume that this fluid was water. The major difficulty, however, is that water freezes in climatic conditions like those now on Mars. It has been suggested that primitive Mars had a reducing atmosphere, composed mainly of methane. Such an atmosphere, as we show here, could be polymerised by solar ultraviolet radiation to produce higher hydrocarbons. These compounds are low viscosity liquids at today's temperature on Mars, and could contribute to the formation of channels.

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@article{yu01000b,
  author={Yung, Y. L. and Pinto, J. P.},
  title={Primitive atmosphere and implications for the formation of channels on Mars},
  year={1978},
  journal={Nature},
  volume={273},
  pages={730--732},
  doi={10.1038/273730a0},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - yu01000b
AU  - Yung, Y. L.
AU  - Pinto, J. P.
PY  - 1978
TI  - Primitive atmosphere and implications for the formation of channels on Mars
JA  - Nature
VL  - 273
SP  - 730
EP  - 732
DO  - 10.1038/273730a0
ER  -

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