Evolution of the
Rothschild and Lister
water is the crucial difference between Earth and the other
planets. Liquid water enables
the plate system to operate. Liquid water
is needed to make subduction zones operate, to create granitoid intrusions,
and andesite volcanoes, and to maintain the continents.
If liquid water were lost, carbon dioxide would degas, the plate system would probably be replaced by a plume-led system and the world would be a very different place, either Venus-like or, ultimately Mars-like."