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Mars An Introduction to Its Interior, Surface and Atmosphere

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ISBN-10: 0521852269

ISBN-13: 9780521852265

Edition: 2007

Authors: Nadine G. Barlow

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Our knowledge of Mars has changed dramatically in the past 40 years due to the wealth of information provided by Earth-based and orbiting telescopes, and spacecraft investigations. Recent observations suggest that water has played a major role in the climatic and geologic history of the planet. This book covers our current understanding of the planet's formation, geology, atmosphere, interior, surface properties, and potential for life. This interdisciplinary text encompasses the fields of geology, chemistry, atmospheric sciences, geophysics, and astronomy. Each chapter introduces the necessary background information to help the non-specialist understand the topics explored. It includes results from missions through 2006, including the latest insights from Mars Express and the Mars Exploration Rovers. Containing the most up-to-date information on Mars, this is book is an important reference for graduate students and researchers.
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Book details

List price: $124.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/10/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 276
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Duncan Bell is University Lecturer in International Relations in the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge, and Fellow, Christ's College.Nadine Barlow is Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University. Her research focuses on Martian impact craters and what they can tell us about the distribution of subsurface water and ice reservoirs.

Preface
Introduction to Mars
Historical observations
Pre-telescopic observations
Telescopic observations from Earth and space
Spacecraft missions
US missions to Mars
Soviet/Russian Mars missions
European Space Agency Mars missions
Japanese missions to Mars
Mars' orbital properties
Orbital elements
Mars' orbital properties with respect to the Sun and Earth
Physical properties of Mars
Rotation
Size
Mass and density
Martian moons
Phobos
Deimos
Origin of Phobos and Deimos
Possible other satellites?
Trojan asteroids at Mars orbit
Formation of Mars and early planetary evolution
Formation of Mars
Accretion
Heavy bombardment
Differentiation and core formation
Planetary heating
Geochronology
Martian meteorites
Differentiation and core formation on Mars
Bulk composition of Mars
Thermal evolution of Mars
Isotopic and geologic constraints on thermal models
Thermal models for Mars
Geophysical measurements and inferred interior structure
Shape and geodetic data
Shape of Mars
Coordinate systems
Gravity and topography
Gravity analysis
Gravity anomalies, isostacy, and crustal thickness
Topography
Seismic data
Heat flow
Conduction
Convection
Martian heat flux
Magnetics
Active dynamo
Remnant magnetization
Interior structure of Mars
Surface characteristics
Albedo and color
Albedo
Color
Surface roughness and structure
Crustal composition
Methods of compositional analysis
Crustal composition from remote sensing observations
Crustal composition from martian meteorite analysis
Crustal composition from in situ analysis
Summary of martian crustal composition
Physical characteristics of surface materials
Regolith
Thermal inertia and rock abundance
Dust
Geology
Geologic terms and techniques
Rocks and minerals
Stratigraphic techniques
Crater statistical analysis
Martian geologic periods
Geologic processes
Impact cratering
Volcanism
Tectonism
Mass movement
Eolian features
Fluvial processes
Polar and glacial processes
Geologic evolution of Mars
Atmospheric conditions and evolution
Characteristics of the present martian atmosphere
Atmospheric physics
Barometric equation and scale height
Conduction
Convection
Radiation
Present-day martian atmosphere
Atmospheric structure
Clouds and dust storms
Winds
Atmospheric circulation
Present-day martian climate
Evolution of the martian atmosphere
History of water on Mars
Origin of water on Mars
Water versus other volatiles
Water on early Mars
Water in the post-Noachian period
Martian oceans
Obliquity cycles and climate change
Present-day stability and distribution of H[subscript 2]O
Models of subsurface H[subscript 2]O distribution
Direct detection of subsurface H[subscript 2]O
Search for life
Martian conditions relevant to biology
Viking biology experiments
Martian meteorite ALH84001
Atmospheric methane
Future missions
Planetary protection issues
Looking ahead
References
Mission reports
Index
The color plates are situated between pages 84 and 85