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The Atmospheres of Earth, Venus, and Mars

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Describe the fate of the carbon dioxide and water vapor (which is how they measure or study evolution) in the atmospheres of the Earth, Venus, and Mars. A comparison of the evolution of the atmosphere on these planets would be very helpful. How did volcanism affect the atmosphere composition?

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A description of the cycle of carbon dioxide, water vapor, and volcanism, and how they affect the atmospheres of Earth, Venus, and Mars.

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Carbon dioxide (CO2), and water vapor (H2O) play an integral part in the atmospheric greenhouse effect, along with along with methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N20). These gases allow the atmosphere to create an insulating greenhouse effect, which decides how much solar energy is maintained within each planet, and thus, what temperature can be found within.
Earth, Venus, and Mars fall into the category of the Goldilocks Principle. Basically put, ...

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