Introduction to Planetary Geomorphology

Introduction to Planetary Geomorphology

By: Ronald Greeley (author)Hardback

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Nearly all major planets and moons in our Solar System have been visited by spacecraft and the data they have returned has revealed the incredible diversity of planetary surfaces. Featuring a wealth of images, this textbook explores the geological evolution of the planets and moons. Introductory chapters discuss how information gathered from spacecraft is used to unravel the geological complexities of our Solar System. Subsequent chapters focus on current understandings of planetary systems. The textbook shows how planetary images and remote sensing data are analyzed through the application of fundamental geological principles. It draws on results from spacecraft sent throughout the Solar System by NASA and other space agencies. Aimed at undergraduate students in planetary geology, geoscience, astronomy and solar system science, it highlights the differences and similarities of the surfaces at a level that can be readily understood by non-specialists.

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Ronald Greeley is a Regents' Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Director of the NASA-ASU Regional Planetary Image Facility and Principal Investigator of the Planetary Aeolian Laboratory at NASA-Ames Research Center. He has co-authored several well-known books on planetary surfaces, including The Compact NASA Atlas of the Solar System and Planetary Mapping (both available from Cambridge University Press).


1. Introduction; 2. Planetary geomorphology methods; 3. Planetary morphologic processes; 4. Earth's moon; 5. Mercury; 6. Venus; 7. Mars; 8. The Jupiter system; 9. Saturn system; 10. The Uranus and Neptune systems; 11. Planetary geoscience future; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 21/02/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780521867115
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 252
  • ID: 9780521867115
  • weight: 860
  • ISBN10: 0521867118

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