31st Annual Meeting of the DPS, October 1999
Session 49. Mars Atmosphere: Structure Posters
Poster Group II, Thursday-Friday, October 14, 1999, , Kursaal Center

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[49.02] Nitrate Formation by Lightning and Entry Shock on Early Mars

C.P. McKay (NASA Ames), R. Navarro-Gonz\'alez (UNAM)

We develop a quantitative model of N2 on early Mars. We consider lightning and entry shock formation of nitrates. Laboratory simulations of shock chemistry were performed in gases of varying mixtures of N2 and CO2. By transforming N2 to a condensed form (nitrate) this process may have been important in preserving nitrogen against impact removal on early Mars.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: cmckay@arc.nasa.gov

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