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Introduction to the Solar System

ISBN-10: 0521546206
ISBN-13: 9780521546201
Edition: 2004
List price: $77.00
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Description: Compiled by a team of experts, this textbook has been designed for elementary university courses in planetary science. It starts with a tour of the Solar System and an overview of its formation that reviews in detail the terrestrial planets, giant  More...

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Book details

List price: $77.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/26/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 418
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.992
Language: English

Compiled by a team of experts, this textbook has been designed for elementary university courses in planetary science. It starts with a tour of the Solar System and an overview of its formation that reviews in detail the terrestrial planets, giant planets and minor bodies. It concludes with a discussion of the origin of the Solar System. The text contains numerous useful learning features such as boxed summaries, student exercises with full solutions, and a glossary of terms. It is also supported by a website hosting further teaching materials.

Iain Gilmour is Head of the Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute at The Open University where he undertakes research on meteorites and large scale planetary impacts.

Introduction
A tour of the Solar System
The internal structure of the terrestrial planets
Planetary volcanism - Ultima Thule?
Planetary surface processes
Atmospheres of terrestrial planets
The giant planets
Minor bodies of the Solar System
The origin of the Solar System
Meteorites: a record of formation
Answers and comments
Useful planetary data
Selected physical constants and unit conversions
The elements
Glossary
Acknowledgements
Index

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