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The internal activity and thermal evolution of Earth-like planets

Papuc, Andreea; Davies, Geoffrey


We model the internal thermal evolution of planets with Earth-like composition and masses ranging from 0.1 to 10 Earth masses over a period of 10 billion years. We also characterize the internal activity of the planets by the velocity of putative tectonic plates, the rate at which mantle material is processed through melting zones, and the time taken to process one mantle mass. The more massive the planet the larger its processing rate (φ{symbol}), which scales approximately as φ{symbol} ∝ M0.8...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Icarus
DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2007.12.016


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