Guide to the Universe: Inner Planets

Guide to the Universe: Inner Planets

by Jennifer A. Grier Ph.D., Andrew S. Rivkin
     
 

An expert in planetary sciences offers an accessible synopsis of scientific knowledge about the celestial bodies with which we are most familiar—Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.

• 66 illustrations enhance the reader's understanding of Earth and the other inner planets

• A glossary will help students better understand the material

Overview

An expert in planetary sciences offers an accessible synopsis of scientific knowledge about the celestial bodies with which we are most familiar—Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.

• 66 illustrations enhance the reader's understanding of Earth and the other inner planets

• A glossary will help students better understand the material presented

• A bibliography of useful resources will enable students to move on from this introductory text to learn more about the subjects presented

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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." - Choice
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313344305
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/22/2009
Series:
Greenwood Guides to the Universe Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer A. Grier is science education specialist and research scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, AZ.

Andrew Rivkin is a member of the Planetary Exploration Group at the Johns Hopkins University.

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