J. Phys. IV France
Volume 121, December 2004
Page(s) 105 - 114

J. Phys. IV France 121 (2004) 105-114

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2004121005

Atmospheres as engines: Heat, work and entropy

R.D. Lorenz

Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, 1629 E. University Bd., Tucson, AZ 85721-0092, USA

The production of entropy and of mechanical work by planetary atmospheres is discussed : some ideas in nonequilibrium thermodynamics are introduced, notably the principle of Maximum Entropy Production.

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