Planetary Geology

  • Angelo Pio Rossi
  • Stephan van Gasselt

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Astronomy and Planetary Sciences book sub series (ASTRONOMY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lxv
  2. Methods and Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Angelo Pio Rossi, Stephan van Gasselt
      Pages 3-14
    3. Monica Pondrelli, Victor R. Baker, Ernst Hauber
      Pages 15-31
    4. Stephan van Gasselt, Angelo Pio Rossi, Damien Loizeau, Mario d’Amore
      Pages 33-53
    5. Trent M. Hare, James A. Skinner, Randolph L. Kirk
      Pages 55-70
    6. Angelo Pio Rossi, Stephan van Gasselt
      Pages 71-100
  3. Processes and Sources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Ansgar Greshake, Joerg Fritz
      Pages 103-121
    3. Thomas Kenkmann, Gerwin Wulf
      Pages 123-145
    4. Ernst Hauber, Daniel Mège, Thomas Platz, Petr Broz̆
      Pages 147-183
    5. Nicolas Mangold
      Pages 185-219
    6. Doris Breuer, Nicola Tosi
      Pages 221-245
  4. Integration and Geological Syntheses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Angelo Pio Rossi, Stephan van Gasselt, Harald Hiesinger
      Pages 249-283
    3. Roland Wagner, Katrin Stephan, Nico Schmedemann
      Pages 285-310
    4. Nico Schmedemann, Matteo Massironi, Roland Wagner, Katrin Stephan
      Pages 311-343
  5. Frontiers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
    2. Barbara Cavalazzi, Mihaela Glamoclija, André Brack, Frances Westall, Roberto Orosei, Sherry L. Cady
      Pages 347-367
    3. Angel Abbud-Madrid
      Pages 369-394
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 395-433

About this book


This book provides an up-to-date interdisciplinary geoscience-focused overview of solid solar system bodies and their evolution, based on the comparative description of processes acting on them.

Planetary research today is a strongly multidisciplinary endeavor with efforts coming from engineering and natural sciences. Key focal areas of study are the solid surfaces found in our Solar System. Some have a direct interaction with the interplanetary medium and others have dynamic atmospheres. In any of those cases, the geological records of those surfaces (and sub-surfaces) are key to understanding the Solar System as a whole: its evolution and the planetary perspective of our own planet.

This book has a modular structure and is divided into 4 sections comprising 15 chapters in total. Each section builds upon the previous one but is also self-standing. The sections are: 

  • Methods and tools
  • Processes and Sources 
  • Integration and Geological Syntheses
  • Frontiers

The latter covers the far-reaching broad topics of exobiology, early life, extreme environments and planetary resources, all areas where major advancements are expected in the forthcoming decades and both key to human exploration of the Solar System.

The target readership includes advanced undergraduate students in geoscience-related topics with no specific planetary science knowledge; undergraduates in other natural science domains (e.g. physics, astronomy, biology or chemistry); graduates in engineering and space systems design who want to complement their knowledge in planetary science.

The authors’ backgrounds span a broad range of topics and disciplines: rooted in Earth geoscience, their expertise covers remote sensing and cartography, field mapping, impact cratering, volcanology and tectonics, sedimentology and stratigraphy exobiology and life in extreme environments, planetary resources and mining. Several generations of planetary scientists are cooperating to provide a modern view on a discipline developed from Earth during and through Space exploration.


Endogenic Processes in Silicate and Icy Crusts Exobiology Exogenic Processes Geologic and Geospatial Mapping Geological Evolution of Icy and Rocky-Icy Satellites Geological Evolution of Terrestrial Planets Geological Evolutions on Minor Bodies Geological Tools Impact Cratering Planetary Chronostratigraphy Planetary Interior and Atmospheres Remote Measurements in Planetary Exploration Remote Sensing Stratigraphy

Editors and affiliations

  • Angelo Pio Rossi
    • 1
  • Stephan van Gasselt
    • 2
  1. 1.Jacobs University BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.National Chengchi UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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