Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

Living Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James Cleaves, Daniele Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Michel Viso


  • Daniele L. Pinti
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_5160-1


In the interior of a planet, the temperature increases with depth along a curve referred to as geotherm. It is the graphical representation of the geothermal gradient. The shape of the curve depends upon the distribution of heat sources, the rate of heat production at depth, the dynamics of the system (such as mantle convection), and the heterogeneities in the properties of rocks (conductivity, compressibility).

See Also


Heat Transfer Temperature Increase Graphical Representation Heat Source Heat Flow 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GEOTOP Research Center for Geochemistry and GeodynamicsUniversité du Québec à MontréalMontréalCanada