Space Sciences Series of ISSI

Chronology and Evolution of Mars

Proceedings of an ISSI Workshop, 10–14 April 2000, Bern, Switzerland

Editors: Kallenbach, R., Geiss, Johannes, Hartmann, W.K. (Eds.)

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Mars is about one-eighth the mass of the Earth and it may provide an analogue of what the Earth was like when it was at such an early stage of accretion. The fur­ ther growth of the Earth was sustained by major collisions with planetesimals and planets such as that which resulted in the formation ofthe Earth's moon (Hartmann and Davis, 1975; Cameron and Ward, 1976; Wetherill, 1986; Cameron and Benz, 1991). This late accretionary history, which lasted more than 50 Myr in the case of the Earth (Halliday, 2000a, b), appears to have been shorter and less catastrophic in the case of Mars (Harper et ai. , 1995; Lee and Halliday, 1997). In this article we review the basic differences between the bulk composition of Mars and the Earth and the manner in which this plays into our understanding of the timing and mechanisms of accretion and core formation. We highlight some of the evidence for early cessation of major collisional growth on Mars. Finally, we reevaluate the isotopic evidence that Mars differentiated quickly. Fundamental differences between the composition of Mars and that of other terrestrial planets are apparent from the planet's slightly lower density and from the compositions of Martian meteorites. The low density is partially explicable if there is a greater proportion of more volatile elements.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction: A New Chapter in Mars Research

    Kallenbach, Reinald (et al.)

    Pages 3-6

  • Stratigraphy and Isotope Ages of Lunar Geologic Units: Chronological Standard for the Inner Solar System

    Stöffler, Dieter (et al.)

    Pages 9-54

  • Cratering Records in the Inner Solar System in Relation to the Lunar Reference System

    Neukum, G. (et al.)

    Pages 55-86

  • Mars/Moon Cratering Rate Ratio Estimates

    Ivanov, Boris A.

    Pages 87-104

  • Ages and Geologic Histories of Martian Meteorites

    Nyquist, L. E. (et al.)

    Pages 105-164

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Chronology and Evolution of Mars
Book Subtitle
Proceedings of an ISSI Workshop, 10–14 April 2000, Bern, Switzerland
Editors
  • R. Kallenbach
  • Johannes Geiss
  • W.K. Hartmann
Series Title
Space Sciences Series of ISSI
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-1035-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-1035-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-7051-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5725-9
Series ISSN
1385-7525
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 500
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