Planetary Crusts: Their Composition, Origin and Evolution

Planetary Crusts: Their Composition, Origin and Evolution

by S. Ross Taylor, Scott McLennan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521142016

ISBN-13: 9780521142014

Pub. Date: 04/01/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first book ever published to explain how and why solid planets and satellites develop crusts. Written by two leading authorities on the subject, it presents a geochemical and geological survey of the crusts of the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, the asteroid Vesta, and several satellites such as Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. After describing how

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This is the first book ever published to explain how and why solid planets and satellites develop crusts. Written by two leading authorities on the subject, it presents a geochemical and geological survey of the crusts of the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, the asteroid Vesta, and several satellites such as Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. After describing how solar system bodies are formed, the authors compare the different planetary crusts and discuss current controversies on the subject. They introduce the theory of stochastic processes dominating crustal development, and debate the possibility of Earth-like planets existing elsewhere in the cosmos. Extensively referenced and annotated, this book presents an up-to-date survey of the scientific problems of crustal development, and is a key reference for researchers and students in geology, geochemistry, planetary science, astrobiology, and astronomy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521142014
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Series:
Cambridge Planetary Science Series, #10
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Prologue; Notes and references; 1. The planets: their formation and differentiation; 2. A primary crust: the highland crust of the Moon; 3. A secondary crust: the lunar maria; 4. Mercury; 5. Mars: early differentiation and planetary composition; 6. Mars: crustal composition and evolution; 7. Venus: a twin planet to Earth?; 8. The oceanic crust of the Earth; 9. The Hadean crust of the Earth; 10. The Archean crust of the Earth; 11. The post-Archean continental crust; 12. Composition and evolution of the continental crust; 13. Crusts on minor bodies; 14. Reflections: the elusive patterns of planetary crusts; Indexes.

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