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Evolutionary dichotomy for rocky planets

A simple model shows that a rocky planet close to its star may solidify so slowly that its water is lost to space and the planet becomes desiccated, whereas a planet farther out may solidify quickly and retain its water. See Letter p.607

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Figure 1: Hamano and colleagues' evolutionary model for terrestrial planets1.


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