Article

Space Science Reviews

, Volume 129, Issue 1, pp 167-203

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Water, Life, and Planetary Geodynamical Evolution

  • P. van ThienenAffiliated withFaculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University Email author 
  • , K. BenzeraraAffiliated withInstitut de Minéralogie et de Physique des Milieux Condensés, UMR 7590 and Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
  • , D. BreuerAffiliated withGerman Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • , C. GillmannAffiliated withÉquipe Études spatiales et planétologie, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
  • , S. LabrosseAffiliated withLaboratoire des sciences de la Terre, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
  • , P. LognonnéAffiliated withÉquipe Études spatiales et planétologie, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
  • , T. SpohnAffiliated withGerman Aerospace Center (DLR)

Abstract

In our search for life on other planets over the past decades, we have come to understand that the solid terrestrial planets provide much more than merely a substrate on which life may develop. Large-scale exchange of heat and volatile species between planetary interiors and hydrospheres/atmospheres, as well as the presence of a magnetic field, are important factors contributing to the habitability of a planet. This chapter reviews these processes, their mutual interactions, and the role life plays in regulating or modulating them.

Keywords

Mantle dynamics Habitability Magnetic field Volatiles Thermal evolution