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Geo.X Topics in Planetary Interiors - talk by Prof. Dr. Marc Hirschmann: Chemical habitability and planetary volatiles - a story of loss

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Date: Monday, 21st November 2022, 4:15 p.m.

Venue: The presentations will be held via Zoom. Access upon request.

Speaker:Prof. Dr. Marc Hirschmann, University of Minnesota

Organizers:  Sergey S.Lobanov (Universität Potsdam), Ana Plesa (DLR), Ingrid Blanchard (Universität Potsdam), Christoph Sens-Schönfelder (GFZ)

All people interested are invited!

Dear all,

we cordially invite you to the next talk in our seminar series Geo.X Topics in Planetary Interiors on Monday, 21st November (4.15 pm CET).

Prof. Dr. Marc Hirschmann (University of Minnesota, College of Science and Engineering, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences) will give a talk on


Chemical habitability and planetary volatiles - a story of loss


Earth’s supply of life-essential volatile elements (including hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur) is obviously appropriate for the long-term maintenance of a habitable planet and for the persistence of moderate climates and for life.  It is also well-understood that both an excess or a deficiency of these ingredients could yield an uninhabitable planet.  All of these life-essential elements are intrinsically abundant in the primordial materials from which our solar system was born, but multiple processes of loss limited their supply to the terrestrial (rocky, Earth-like) planets.  In this lecture, I will address two broad associated topics.  First, how do we characterize the volatile inventory of our accessible planet, including both near-surface reservoirs and those stored in the interior?   Second, what were the loss processes that limited the volatile supply to the terrestrial planets, and specifically, to what extent did processes on planetesimals – the small early precursors of the planets- promote volatile loss?  

If you are interested in attending the seminar series, please contact Dr. Sergey S. Lobanov ( or Ingrid Blanchard ( for the Zoom details.  


On behalf of the organizers,

Ingrid Blanchard and Sergey Lobanov