Planetary Geoscience

Harry Y. McSween, Jeffrey E. Moersch, Devon M. Burr, William M. Dunne, Joshua Emery, Linda C. Kah, Molly C. McCanta

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Abstract

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 geologic 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages334
ISBN (Electronic)9781316535769
ISBN (Print)9781107145382
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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