Alien Seas

Oceans in Space

  • Michael Carroll
  • Rosaly Lopes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. David Grinspoon
    Pages 3-9
  3. Timothy Parker
    Pages 11-23
  4. Rosaly Lopes
    Pages 25-34
  5. Jani Radebaugh
    Pages 55-62
  6. Kevin H. Baines, Mona L. Delitsky
    Pages 71-79
  7. Jeffrey Bennett
    Pages 89-97
  8. Michael Carroll
    Pages 99-112
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 113-119

About this book


In the early days of planetary observation, oceans were thought to exist in all corners of the Solar System. Carbonated seas percolated beneath the clouds of Venus. Features on the Moon's surface were given names such as "the Bay of Rainbows” and the "Ocean of Storms." With the advent of modern telescopes and spacecraft exploration these ancient concepts of planetary seas have been replaced by the reality of something even more exotic.

Alien Seas serves up the current research, past beliefs, and new theories to offer a rich array of the "seas" on other worlds. It is organized by location and by the material composing the oceans under discussion, with expert authors penning chapters on their  specialty. Each chapter features new original art depicting alien seas, as well as the latest ground-based and spacecraft images. With the contributors as guides, readers can explore the wild seas of Jupiter's watery satellite Europa, believed similar in composition to battery acid. Saturn's planet-sized moon Titan seems to be subject to methane or ethane rainfall that become vast lakes and, perhaps, seasonal oceans. Titan and Mars have seas of sand, large shifting dunes covering huge plains, while Venus may have ‘oceans’ of frozen lava. The possibilities are excitingly endless and ripe for exploration.


Kevin Baines

Jeffrey Bennett

James Cameron

Michael Carroll

Mona Delitsky

David Grinspoon

Rosaly Lopes

Christopher P. McKay

Karl Mitchell

Robert Pappalardo

Timothy Parker

Jani Radebaugh

John Spencer


Alien seas Ancient oceans Lave oceans Methane lakes Oceans of sand Oceans on Europa Oceans on Mars Oceans on Titan Planetary observation Planetary oceans Planetary science Water in Solar System liquid flows planets planetary sea ice

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Carroll
    • 1
  • Rosaly Lopes
    • 2
  1. 1.LittletonUSA
  2. 2.PasadenaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-7472-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-7473-9
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