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Interiors of the giant planets.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Science (New York, N.Y.)
Publication Date
Volume
214
Issue
4517
Pages
145–149
Identifiers
PMID: 17733985
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Unlike the terrestrial planets, the giant planets-Jupiter, Satum, Uranus, and Neptune-have retained large amounts of the carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen compounds that were present in their zone of formation. A smaller fraction of the available hydrogen and helium was retained. The distribution and relative amounts of these components in the interiors of the Jovian planets can be inferred from theoretical and expermental data on equations of state and from the planets' hydrostatic equilibrium response to rotation.

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