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Planetary Geology : Astronomy and Planetary Sciences - Angelo Pio Rossi

Planetary Geology

Astronomy and Planetary Sciences

By: Angelo Pio Rossi (Editor), Stephan van Gasselt (Editor)


Published: 14th December 2017
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This book provides an up-to-date interdisciplinary geoscience-focused overview of solid solar system bodies and their evolution, based on the comparative description of processes acting on them.

Planetary research today is a strongly multidisciplinary endeavor with efforts coming from engineering and natural sciences. Key focal areas of study are the solid surfaces found in our Solar System. Some have a direct interaction with the interplanetary medium and others have dynamic atmospheres. In any of those cases, the geological records of those surfaces (and sub-surfaces) are key to understanding the Solar System as a whole: its evolution and the planetary perspective of our own planet.

This book has a modular structure and is divided into 4 sections comprising 15 chapters in total. Each section builds upon the previous one but is also self-standing. The sections are:

  • Methods and tools
  • Processes and Sources
  • Integration and Geological Syntheses
  • Frontiers

The latter covers the far-reaching broad topics of exobiology, early life, extreme environments and planetary resources, all areas where major advancements are expected in the forthcoming decades and both key to human exploration of the Solar System.

The target readership includes advanced undergraduate students in geoscience-related topics with no specific planetary science knowledge; undergraduates in other natural science domains (e.g. physics, astronomy, biology or chemistry); graduates in engineering and space systems design who want to complement their knowledge in planetary science.

The authors' backgrounds span a broad range of topics and disciplines: rooted in Earth geoscience, their expertise covers remote sensing and cartography, field mapping, impact cratering, volcanology and tectonics, sedimentology and stratigraphy exobiology and life in extreme environments, planetary resources and mining. Several generations of planetary scientists are cooperating to provide a modern view on a discipline developed from Earth during and through Space exploration.

Introduction.- Geologic tools (fundamental concepts): Stratigraphy and planetary chronostratigraphy + comparative planetology approach.- Exploration Tools: remote sensing, in-situ, remote measurements in planetary exploration.- Cartography tools: geologic and geospatial mapping.- Ground truth: Apollo, Luna, Venera , Viking, MSL and MER.- Impact cratering.- Endogenic processes in silicate and icy crusts.- Exogenic processes.- Interior and Atmospheres.- Geological evolution of terrestrial planets (comparative planetology) - main aspects and outstanding questions.- Geological evolution of icy and rocky-icy satellites - main aspects and outstanding questions.- Geological evolutions on minor bodies: a geological view at comets and asteroids and dwarf planets.- Exobiology geobiology planetary exploration and life.- Resources and robotic/manned perspective.- Appendix.

ISBN: 9783319651774
ISBN-10: 3319651773
Series: Astronomy and Planetary Sciences
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 433
Published: 14th December 2017
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
Country of Publication: CH
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 0.95