Introduction to Planetary Science

The Geological Perspective

  • Gunter Faure
  • Teresa M. Mensing

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 1-12
  3. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 13-21
  4. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 23-34
  5. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 35-48
  6. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 49-63
  7. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 65-86
  8. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 87-108
  9. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 109-137
  10. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 139-166
  11. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 167-181
  12. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 183-210
  13. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 211-259
  14. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 261-280
  15. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 281-295
  16. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 297-333
  17. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 335-357
  18. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 359-367
  19. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 369-384
  20. Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing
    Pages 385-399

About this book

Introduction

This textbook is intended to be used in a lecture course for college students majoring in the 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 of the solar system and their principal satellites.  As a result, students gain a wider perspective of the different worlds that are accessible to us and they are led to recognize the Earth as the only oasis in space where we can live without life-support systems.

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.

  • Organized in a hierarchical manner so that every chapter builds on preceding ones
  • Abundantly illustrated with diagrams and color images
  • Includes problem sets and a glossary

Keywords

Geoinformationssysteme Planet Solar Solar System exploration of the Solar System planetary science planets satellite satellites

Authors and affiliations

  • Gunter Faure
    • 1
  • Teresa M. Mensing
    • 2
  1. 1.The Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.The Ohio State UniversityMarionUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5544-7
  • Copyright Information Springer 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-5233-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-5544-7
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