Guide to the Universe: Inner Planets

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This volume in the Greenwood Guides to the Universe series covers the inner planets?Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. Thematic chapters discuss all of the many areas of astronomical research surrounding each subject, providing readers with the most up-to-date understanding of current knowledge and the ways in which it has been obtained.

Like all of the books in this series, Inner Planets is scientifically sound, but written with the student in mind. It is an excellent first step ...

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Overview

This volume in the Greenwood Guides to the Universe series covers the inner planets—Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. Thematic chapters discuss all of the many areas of astronomical research surrounding each subject, providing readers with the most up-to-date understanding of current knowledge and the ways in which it has been obtained.

Like all of the books in this series, Inner Planets is scientifically sound, but written with the student in mind. It is an excellent first step for researching the exciting scientific discoveries of the Earth and its closest neighbors.

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"This book does a good job of introducing the scientific models that planetary scientists use to describe the past

formation and current geologic processes of the inner rocky planets. . . . Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers."

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Intended for use in secondary education, this volume eschews the conventional listing of the numerical data associated with astrophysical texts. Instead, the focus is on explaining processes of planetary formation and change. Grier (research associate, Planetary Science Inst.) and Rivkin (Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets in this series) break these processes down into 13 thematic chapters, devoting each to a major concept like plate tectonics, magnetospheres, or atmospheres. Made up largely of engaging text arranged logically with subheadings, chapters are occasionally punctuated by monochromatic illustrations or informational sidebars. Each is followed by further reading lists. A suitable subject primer for high schoolers and lay readers.
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Introduction 1

2 Cosmic Collisions: Cratering 9

3 Inner Fire: Volcanic Processes 27

4 Breaking Point: Tectonic Processes 41

5 Winds of Change: Atmospheric Processes 55

6 Rocks as Clocks: Radiometric Processes 73

7 Triple Point: Hydrologic Processes 87

8 Planetary Shield: Magnetospheric Processes 103

9 The Moon: Planetary Rosetta Stone 121

10 Mercury: Chemical Connections 135

11 Venus: Pressure Cooker 145

12 Mars: World of Dust and Wind 159

13 The Earth: Planet at Our Feet 175

Appendix: Planetary Data Tables 159

Glossary 191

Bibliography 203

Index 205

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