Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. A

    1. Richard A. Simpson, Jon M. Jenkins
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tamara V. Ruzmaikina, G. Wuchter
      Pages 1-2
    3. David W. Mittlefehldt
      Pages 2-3
    4. Hans J. Haubold
      Pages 3-4
    5. Rhodes W. Fairbridge
      Pages 4-4
    6. Jane L. Fox
      Pages 4-10
    7. Rhodes W. Fairbridge
      Pages 10-11
    8. Richard A. Simpson, Christopher T. Russell, Rhodes W. Fairbridge
      Pages 11-11
    9. James H. Shirley
      Pages 11-12
    10. Jane B. Blizard
      Pages 12-13
    11. Abraham H. Oort
      Pages 13-19
    12. Marilyn M. Lindstrom
      Pages 19-22
    13. Patrick Moore
      Pages 22-23
    14. Curtis Wilson
      Pages 23-23
    15. James H. Shirley
      Pages 23-25
    16. James H. Shirley
      Pages 25-26
    17. Rhodes W. Fairbridge
      Pages 26-26
    18. David S. P. Dearborn
      Pages 26-27
    19. Patrick Moore
      Pages 27-27

About this book


Containing more than 450 entries by some 200 eminent contributors from all over the world, the Encyclopedia of Planetary Sciences is the first book to present this information in an authoritative yet approachable way. This encyclopedia deals with the atmospheres, surfaces and interiors of the planets and moons, and with the interplanetary environment of plasma fields, as well as with asteroids and meteorites. Processes such as accretion, differentiation, thermal evolution and impact cratering form another category of entries. Remote sensing techniques employed in investigation and exploration, such as magnetometry, photometry, and spectroscopy are described in separate articles. In addition the Encyclopedia chronicles the history of planetary science, including biographies of pioneering scientists, and detailed descriptions of all major lunar and planetary missions and programs. The Encyclopedia of Planetary Sciences is superbly illustrated throughout with over 450 line drawings, 180 black and white photographs, and 63 colour illustrations. It will be a key reference source for planetary scientists, astronomers, and workers in related disciplines such as geophysics, geology and the atmospheric sciences. Included in this book is a PC and Mac compatible CD-ROM containing over 200 relevant planetary and related images available from NASA. This CD-ROM has been specially compiled for the Encyclopedia by The United States National Space Science Data Center.


Accretion Aphel Apsis aurora Corona geophysics Gravitation Heliosphere Planet solar Solar System Variation

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Chapman & Hall 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-412-06951-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-4520-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1388-4360
  • Series Online ISSN 1871-756X
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