Planetary Geoscience


Language: Anglais
Cover of the book Planetary Geoscience

Subject for Planetary Geoscience

Publication date:
· 22.3x28.4 cm · Hardback
For many years, planetary science has been taught as part of the astronomy curriculum, from a very physics-based perspective, and from the framework of a tour of the Solar System - body by body. Over the past decades, however, spacecraft exploration and related laboratory research on extraterrestrial materials have given us a new understanding of planets and how they are shaped by geological processes. Based on a course taught at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, this is the first textbook to focus on geologic processes, adopting a comparative approach that demonstrates the similarities and differences between planets, and the reasons for these. Profusely illustrated, and with a wealth of pedagogical features, this book provides an ideal capstone course for geoscience majors - bringing together aspects of mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, volcanology, sedimentology, geomorphology, tectonics, geophysics and remote sensing.
Preface; 1. Exploring the Solar System; 2. Toolkits for the planetary geoscientist: imaging and spectroscopy; 3. More toolkits for the planetary geoscientist: chronology, mapping, geophysics, and laboratory analysis; 4. Solar System raw materials; 5. Assembling planetesimals and planets; 6. Planetary heating and differential; 7. Unseen planetary interiors; 8. Planetary geodynamics; 9. Planetary structures and tectonics; 10. Planetary igneous activity; 11. Impact cratering as a geologic process; 12. Planetary atmospheres, oceans, and ices; 13. Planetary Aeolian processes and landforms; 14. Planetary fluvial and lacustrine landforms: products of liquid flow; 15. Physical and chemical changes: weathering, sedimentology, metamorphism, and mass wasting; 16. Astrobiology: a planetary perspective on life; 17. Integrated planetary geoscience: a case study (Mars); Epilogue: geologic processes in other Solar Systems?; Glossary; Index.