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Planetary Geoscience

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For many years, planetary science has been taught as part of the astronomy curriculum, from a very physics-based perspective, and from the framework of a tour of the Solar System - body by body. Over the past decades, however, spacecraft exploration and related laboratory research on extraterrestrial materials have given us a new understanding of planets and how they are shaped by geological processes. Based on a course taught at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, this is the first textbook to focus on geologic processes, adopting a comparative approach that demonstrates the similarities and differences between planets, and the reasons for these. Profusely illustrated, and with a wealth of pedagogical features, this book provides an ideal capstone course for geoscience majors - bringing together aspects of mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, volcanology, sedimentology, geomorphology, tectonics, geophysics and remote sensing.


'Planetary Geoscience provides a comprehensive overview of what Earthlings know about the geology, geophysics, and geochemistry of solid worlds beyond Earth, from stardust to Venus. It clearly presents key concepts with a combination of beautiful illustrations, well-written text, and only essential equations. This is probably the best introductory planetary textbook for geoscience majors.'

Alfred McEwen - University of Arizona

'The first comprehensive textbook on the geological processes that have shaped the extraordinary diversity of planetary and other bodies in the Solar System. With accessible prose and fine illustrations, this will be essential reading for undergraduate courses and a rich resource for readers wanting an up-to-date overview of the latest insights into our neighborhood in space.'

Sanjeev Gupta - Imperial College London

'Planetary Geoscience is at the vanguard in showing how Earth science and planetary science are forever linked by a diversity of processes giving rise to their similarities and differences, with applications almost certainly extending everywhere that planets are found.'

Richard Binzel - Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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