Stability of the Martian Atmosphere

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Science  15 Sep 1972:
Vol. 177, Issue 4053, pp. 986-988
DOI: 10.1126/science.177.4053.986


A detailed chemical dynamic model is presented for a moist martian atmosphere. Recombination of carbon dioxide is catalyzed by trace amounts of water. The abundances of carbon monoxide and molecular oxygen should vary in response to changes in atmospheric water and atmospheric mixing.