Introduction to planetary science, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2007
The Geological Perspective


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Introduction to planetary science: The geological perspective
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This textbook is intended to be used in a lecture course for college students majoring in Earth Sciences. Planetary science provides an opportunity for these students to apply a wide range of subject matter pertaining to the Earth to the study of other planets and their principal satellites. In this way, planetary science tends to unify subjects in the Earth Sciences that are traditionally taught separately. Therefore, planetary science is well-suited to be taught as a capstone course for senior undergraduates in geology departments and as an introduction to the solar system in astronomy departments. Both groups of students will benefit because planetary science bridges the gap between geology and astronomy and it prepares geologists and astronomers to participate actively in the on-going exploration of the solar system. The subject matter is presented in 24 chapters that lead the reader through the solar system starting with historical perspectives on space exploration and the development of the scientific method. The presentations concerning the planets and their satellites emphasize that their origin and subsequent evolution can be explained by applications of certain basic principles of physics, chemistry, and celestial mechanics and that the surface features of the solid bodies in the solar system can be interpreted by means of the principles of geology.
1. The urge to explore. 2. From speculation to understanding. 3. The planets of the solar system. 4. Life and death of stars. 5. Origin of the solar system. 6. The earth: model of planetary evolution. 7. The clockwork of the solar system. 8. Meteorites and impact craters. 9. The Earth-Moon system. 10. Mercury: too hot for comfort. 11. Venus: planetary evolution gone bad. 12. Mars: the little planet that could. 13. Asteroids: shattered worlds. 14. Jupiter: heavy-weight champion. 15. Galilean satellites: jewels of the solar system. 16. Saturn: the beauty of rings. 17. Titan: an ancient world in deep freeze. 18. Uranus: what happened here? 19. Neptune: more surprises. 20. Pluto and Charon: the odd couple. 21. Ice worlds at the outer limit. 22. Comets: coming inside from the cold. 23. Earth: the cradle of humans. 24. Brown-dwarf stars and extrasolar planets. Appendix I. Mathematical equations used in astronomy. Appendix II. Summaries of physical and orbital parameters. Glossary. Author Index. Subject Index.

Designed to be comprehensible to students at colleges and universities

Emphasizes certain basic principles that help to unify the study of the solar system

Organized in a hierarchical manner so that every chapter builds on preceding ones

Well illustrated with diagrams and color photographs all of which have explanatory captions that reinforce and amplify the information provided