Results tagged “Terrestrial Planet”

The important role of stellar irradiation in envelope removal for planets with diameters of <2 R⊕ has been inferred both through theoretical work and the observed bimodal distribution of small planet occurrence as a function of radius.

Formation of Terrestrial Planets

The past decade has seen major progress in our understanding of terrestrial planet formation. Yet key questions remain.

Current protoplanetary dust coagulation theory does not predict dry silicate planetesimals, in tension with the Earth. While remedies to this predicament have been proposed, they have generally failed numerical studies, or are in tension with the Earth's (low, volatility dependent) volatile and moderately volatile elemental abundances.

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