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Carbon Worlds May Be Waterless

Post by tommi59 on 29th October 2013, 4:19 am

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131028141507.htm
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Re: Carbon Worlds May Be Waterless

Post by Lazarus on 29th October 2013, 3:09 pm

Torrence V. Johnson et al. 2012 ApJ 757 192
Planetesimal Compositions in Exoplanet Systems
http://iopscience.iop.org/0004-637X/757/2/192

Currently a free edition (not sure if this is going to remain so).

One question is whether the C/O ratios in the stars is as high as has been suggested. E.g. one relevant paper that is not cited is Nissen (2013).
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Post by Stalker on 30th October 2013, 2:48 am

How many stars are carbon rich?

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 3rd November 2013, 11:26 pm

The Role of Carbon in Extrasolar Planetary Geodynamics and Habitability
http://arxiv.org/abs/1311.0024

Looks like carbon-rich planets are less likely to produce habitable atmospheres, oceans, volcanism.

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Post by Diakonov on 15th February 2015, 10:10 am

It will depend. If a star system as more equal amounts of oxygen and carbon, we could have planets formed not only by carbon or diamonds, but mainly of carbides of various materials, and having a planet made more of iron and carbides than diamonds. Such planet may have more oxygen. Maybe not water oceans, but why not oceans made of hydrocarbons or even ammonia? More similar to Titan, maybe at higher temperatures. Even if lack oxygen, we could even have silicon combining into carbon.

So maybe not all carbon planets are diamond planets, even if they have diamonds... Such as Earth has.

To me, carbon planets are perfect to form Titan-like worlds, even more hospitable to life than the icy Titan. It could have a mantle rich in hydrocarbons and deep seas of methane and ethane... Imagine that! And for hotter carbon planets, maybe seas of oil rich substance. So for cold carbon planets, hydrocarbon environment and for hot carbon planets, oil rich environment. Maybe even seas of asphalt!

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