A Two Gigayear History of Germanium Outgassing from Shergottites

Abstract: Germanium (Ge) and Zn enrichment in martian sedimentary rocks has been reported from rocks at Gale Crater, showing concentrations of Ge from tens to hundreds ppm [1]. The Ge concentrations in martian meteorites are significantly lower (0.5-2.5 ppm) [2]. Our recent studies [3-4] have revealed that Ge is lost from shergottites due to volatility. Recent experimental studies confirm that Ge and Zn are both significantly volatile under magmatic conditions [5-7]. Further, Ge is moderately incompati…

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