Introduction to Planetary Science The Geological Perspective

ISBN-10: 1402052332
ISBN-13: 9781402052330
Edition: 2007
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List price: $99.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 4/12/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 526
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.058
Language: English

This textbook is intended to be used in a lecture course for college students majoring in Earth Sciences. Planetary science provides an opportunity for these students to apply a wide range of subject matter pertaining to the Earth to the study of other planets and their principal satellites. In this way, planetary science tends to unify subjects in the Earth Sciences that are traditionally taught separately. Therefore, planetary science is well-suited to be taught as a capstone course for senior undergraduates in geology departments and as an introduction to the solar system in astronomy departments. Both groups of students will benefit because planetary science bridges the gap between geology and astronomy and it prepares geologists and astronomers to participate actively in the on-going exploration of the solar system. The subject matter is presented in 24 chapters that lead the reader through the solar system starting with historical perspectives on space exploration and the development of the scientific method. The presentations concerning the planets and their satellites emphasize that their origin and subsequent evolution can be explained by applications of certain basic principles of physics, chemistry, and celestial mechanics and that the surface features of the solid bodies in the solar system can be interpreted by means of the principles of geology.

Preface
The Urge to Explore
The Exploration of Planet Earth
Visionaries and Rocket Scientists
Principles of Rocketry and Space Navigation
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
From Speculation to Understanding
The Geocentric Cosmology of Ancient Greece
The Scientific Method
Units of Measurement
Distance
Time
Velocity and Speed
Mass
Temperature
Pressure
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
The Planets of the Solar System
The Sun and the Planets of the Solar System
The Titius-Bode Rule
Average Orbital Velocities
Surface Temperatures
Bulk Densities
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Life and Death of Stars
The Big Bang
Stellar Evolution
Nucleosynthesis
The Milky Way Galaxy
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Origin of the Solar System
The Solar Nebula
Origin of the Sun and Planets
The Sun
Internal Structure
Energy Production
Magnetism and Sunspots
Effect on Space
Life and Death of the Sun
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Earth: Model of Planetary Evolution
Growth from Planetesimals
Internal Differentiation
Atmosphere
Interior of the Earth
Temperature
Melting of Peridotite
Mantle Plumes
Plate Tectonics
Magnetic Field
Interactions with the Solar Wind
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
The Clockwork of the Solar System
The Pioneers of Astronomy
Elliptical Orbits of Planets
Eccentricity
Average Distance
Revolution and Rotation
Plane of the Ecliptic
Axial Obliquity
Conjunctions and Oppositions
Sidereal and Synodic Periods of Revolution
Solar and Lunar Eclipses
Orbital Velocities
Launching Satellites into Orbit
Lagrange Points
Celestial Mechanics of the Earth
Rising and Setting of the Sun
Change in the Period of Rotation
Seasons of the Northern Hemisphere
The Earth at Summer Solstice
Autumnal and Vernal Equinoxes
Milankovitch Cycles
The Gregorian Calendar
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Meteorites and Impact Craters
Classification and Mineralogy of Meteorites
Carbonaceous Chondrites
Tektites
Meteorite Parent Bodies
Celestial Mechanics
Falls and Finds
Age Determinations
Meteorite Impacts
Formation of Craters
Classification of Craters
Modification of Craters
Frequency of Impacts
Environmental Consequences (Tunguska, 1908)
Meteor Crater: Memorial to E.M. Shoemaker
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
The Earth-Moon System
Landforms of the Lunar Surface
Highlands
Maria
Impact Craters
Regolith
Water
Isotopic Dating
Geology of the Near Side
Lunar Meteorites
Internal Structure
Origin of the Moon
Celestial Mechanics
Spin-Orbit Coupling
Lunar Orbit
Tides
Ocean Tides
Body Tides
Research Stations on the Moon
Weighing the Risks and Benefits
Utilization of Lunar Resources
Space Law
United Nations: Laws for States
NASA: Code of Conduct for Astronauts
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Mercury: Too Hot for Comfort
Surface Features
Impact Craters and Cliffs
Regolith
Atmosphere
Water
Surface Temperatures
Internal Structure
Iron Core
Magnetic Field
Geological Activity
Origin of Mercury
Celestial Mechanics
Spin-Orbit Coupling
The Solar Transit
Rotation of the Long Axis of the Orbit
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Venus; Planetary Evolution Gone Bad
Surface Features
Geological Processes
Volcanic Activity
Tectonic Activity
Impact Craters
Atmosphere and Climate
Chemical Composition and Structure
Circulation
Greenhouse Warming
Evolution of the Surface Environment
Carbon Cycles of Venus and the Earth
Internal Structure
The Core and Magnetism
Episodic Resurfacing
Celestial Mechanics
Retrograde Rotation
Phases, Conjunctions, and Transits
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Mars: The Little Planet that Could
Origin and Properties
Origin by Accretion of Planetesimals
Physical and Chemical Properties
Evolution of the Atmosphere
Orbit of Mars
Surface Features: Northern Hemisphere
Tharsis Plateau
Olympus Mons
Young Lava Flows
Valles Marineris
Utopia Planitia
Soil of Utopia and Chryse
Surface Features: Southern Hemisphere
Hellas Impact Basin
Argyre Impact Basin
Isidis Impact Basin
Timescale for Mars
Volcanoes of the Southern Hemisphere
Syrtis Major Volcano
Hespera Planum
Hadriaca Patera
Stream Valleys
Nanedi Vallis
Nirgal Vallis
Vedra Valles
Impact Craters
Martian Meteorites
Water on Mars
Hydrologic Cycle
Phase Diagrams of Water and Carbon Dioxide
Polar Ice Caps
Mountain Glaciers and Continental Ice Sheets
Life on Mars
Origin and Preservation
Search for Life (Vikings)
Search for Life (ALH 84001)
Search for Life (Rovers)
Colonization of Mars
Travel to Mars
First Steps
Terraforming
Satellites
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Asteroids: Shattered Worlds
Classification
Spectral Types
Orbits of the Asteroids
Physical Properties and Celestial Mechanics
First Landings
Eros
Braille
Itokawa
Near-Earth Objects (NEOs)
Torino Scale
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Jupiter: Heavy-Weight Champion
Physical and Orbital Properties
Physical Properties
Orbital Properties
Atmosphere
Satellites and Rings
Regular Satellites
Rings of Jupiter
The Spacecraft Galileo
Impact of Comet Shoemaker - Levy 9
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Galilean Satellites: Jewels of the Solar System
Physical Properties and Celestial Mechanics
Physical Properties
Celestial Mechanics
Origin: Alternative Hypotheses
Io, the Hyperactive Princess
Volcanoes
Plumes
Surface Features
Interactions with Jupiter
Summary
Europa, the Ice Princess
Ice Crust and Ocean
Impact Craters
Chaotic Terrains
Life in the Ocean
Summary
Ganymede in the Middle
Ice Crust
Rejuvenation
A Conjecture
Summary
Callisto, Left Out in the Cold
Physical Properties
Impact Craters
Differential Sublimation
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Saturn: The Beauty of Rings
Physical Properties
Atmosphere
Internal Structure
Celestial Mechanics
The Rings
The Satellites
Ring Satellites
Main Group
Trans-Titanian Satellites
Bulk Densities and Diameters
Surface Features of the Regular Satellites
Mimas
Enceladus
Tethys and Dione
Ammonia-Water Lava
Rhea and Hyperion
Iapetus and Phoebe
The Cassini-Huygens Mission
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Titan: An Ancient World in Deep Freeze
Physical and Orbital Properties
Atmosphere
Chemical Composition
Structure
Huygens Lands on Titan
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Uranus: What Happened Here?
Physical and Orbital Properties
Physical Properties
Orbital Properties
Atmosphere
Internal Structure
Rings
Satellites
Small Satellites
Classical Satellites
What Happened to Uranus?
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Neptune: More Surprises
Surprises Revealed by Voyager 2
Physical and Orbital Properties
Atmosphere
Internal Structure
Rings
Satellites
Small Satellites
Triton
Nereid
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Pluto and Charon: The Odd Couple
Physical Properties
Orbital Properties
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Ice Worlds at the Outer Limit
Principals of the Ice Worlds
Eris (2003 UB 313)
Sedna (2003 VB 12)
Quaoar (2002 LM 60)
Ixion (2001 KX76)
Varuna (2000 WR106)
Structure of the E-K Belt
The Oort Cloud
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Comets: Coming Inside from the Cold
Anatomy of Comets
Sources of Comets
Short-Period Comets
Long-Period Comets
Hyakutake
Hale-Bopp
Meteor Showers and IDPs
Close Encounters
Giacobini-Zinner in 1985
Halley in 1986
Borelly in 1999
Wild 2 in 2004
Tempel 1 in 2005
Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014
Chemical Composition
Summary
Science Briefs
Problems
Further Reading
Earth: The Cradle of Humans
Origin of Life
Panspermia
Miller-Urey Experiment
Mineral Catalysts
Cradle of Life
Importance of the Biosphere
Atmosphere
Sedimentary Rocks
Fossil Fuels
Humans
Tales of Doom
Evolution of the Sun
Impacts
Suicide
Summary
Further Reading
Brown-Dwarf Stars and Extrasolar Planets
Methods of Discovery
Doppler Spectroscopy
Occultation
Brown-Dwarf Stars
Extrasolar Planets
Voyage to the Stars
Nearby Stars
Habitable Planets
Voyage to Proxima Centauri
SETI and the Drake Equation
SETI
The Drake Equation
Summary
Further Reading
Mathematical Equations Used in Astronomy
Summaries of Physical and Orbital Parameters
The Planets and Satellites of the Solar System
Orbital Properties of Asteroids
Orbital Properties of Selected Comets
Glossary
Author Index
Subject Index

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