Where on Earth has our water come from?

Nora H.De Leeuw, C. Richard A. Catlow, Helen E. King, Andrew Putnis, Krishna Muralidharan, Pierre Deymier, Marilena Stimpfl, Michael J. Drake

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The presence of water in the Earth has long been an enigma. However, computer modelling techniques have shown that the adsorption of water onto the fractal surfaces of interplanetary dust particles, which are present in the planetary accretion disk, is sufficiently strong to provide a viable origin of terrestrial water.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8923-8925
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number47
StatePublished - Dec 21 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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