Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

2011 Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, Ricardo Amils, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Henderson James (Jim) CleavesII, William M. Irvine, Daniele L. Pinti, Michel Viso


  • Ralf Jaumann
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-11274-4_103


Areology (Greek, Ares “Mars,” logos “speech, science”) is the science of the planet  Mars, excluding its atmosphere. It comprises the study of the structure, composition, physical properties, dynamics, origin, and evolution of Mars as well as the processes that formed and shaped Mars. The term areology is not frequently used because scientifically and methodologically it is synonymous to the term “Geology of Mars.” Thus it is common to use the latter term instead of “areology.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DLRInstitut für PlanetenforschungBerlinGermany