Metamorphism of Solar System Ices

  • Janusz Eluszkiewicz
  • Jacek Leliwa-Kopystyński
  • Konrad J. Kossacki
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 227)


This chapter reviews the metamorphic processes of grain growth and densification as they apply to solar system ices. These processes are driven by the thermodynamic constraint of minimum surface energy and their kinetic equations have been studied extensively by material scientists. The application of these equations to solar system ices requires the knowledge of the relevant material parameters. This chapter presents the equations and describes techniques used in compaction experiments. Ice metamorphism explains several observations about various solar system objects and is likely to have played an important role in their internal evolution.


Surface Source Giant Planet Cometary Nucleus Lunar Planet Boundary Source 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janusz Eluszkiewicz
    • 1
  • Jacek Leliwa-Kopystyński
    • 2
    • 3
  • Konrad J. Kossacki
    • 2
  1. 1.Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc.CambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Institute of GeophysicsWarsaw UniversityWarszawaPoland
  3. 3.Space Research CenterPolish Academy of SciencesWarszawaPoland

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