Planetary Crusts: Their Composition, Origin and Evolution

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Overview

"Planetary Crusts is the first book to explain how and why solid planets and satellites develop crusts. This extensively referenced and annotated volume presents a geochemical and geological survey of the crusts of the Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Earth, and Mars, as well as the distinct crusts of the asteroid Vesta and the satellites lo, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Titan, and Triton." Written by two of the world's leading authorities on the subject, this book presents an up-to-date survey of the numerous scientific problems surrounding crustal development. It is a key reference for researchers and students in geology, geochemistry, planetary science, astrobiology, and astronomy.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Rarely does one find a book which truly examines in detail the subject of comparative planetology. This is just such a book. … an excellent starting point to delve deeper into the specific subject. … In summary this is a unique book, addressing for the first time the subject of planetary crusts from a comparative point of view in a clear and thorough manner; I recommend it to students and specialists alike." - Planetary and Space Science

"In conclusion, Planetary Crusts: Their Composition, Origin and Evolution is a well-written and researched book that would complement the library of any crustal scientist, graduate-level student studying planets, or a person curious as to how planets and their crusts came about." - The Meteoritical Society

"Taylor and McLennan do an excellent job of reviewing what is know and conjectured, arguing persuasively that Earth's crust is most anomalous in a solar system rife with idiosyncrasies. ... Highly recommended." - CHOICE

"...a comprehensive description and insightful discussion of virtually all salient aspects of the formation and the evolution of planets and their interiors." Nature Geoscience

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521142014
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • 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)

Meet the Author

Ross Taylor was born in New Zealand and is now an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University. He is a trace element geochemist and carried out the initial analysis of the first lunar sample returned to Earth at NASA, Houston in
1969. He has a D.Sc. from the University of Oxford, is a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Sciences. and has received the Goldschmidt Medal of the Geochemical Society, the Leonard Medal of the Meteoritical Society and the Bucher Medal of the American Geophysical Union. He is the author of six other books including Solar System Evolution, Second edition (Cambridge University Press, 2001). Asteroid 5670 is named Rosstaylor in his honour.

Scott M. McLennan is Professor of Geochemistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He conducts research into the geochemistry of sedimentary rocks, and has published 140 papers in the fields of geochemistry, planetary science and sedimentology. Since 1998, he has applied laboratory experiments and data returned from missions to Mars to understand the sedimentary processes of that planet, and is on the science teams of the 2003 Mars Exploration Rover and 2001 Mars Odyssey missions. He received a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1989 and a NASA Group Achievement Award as part of the Mars Exploration Rover Science Operations Team in 2004.

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Table of Contents

1 The planets: their formation and differentiation 5

2 A primary crust: the highland crust of the Moon 32

3 A secondary crust: the lunar maria 61

4 Mercury 86

5 Mars: early differentiation and planetary composition 103

6 Mars: crustal composition and evolution 141

7 Venus: a twin planet to Earth? 181

8 The oceanic crust of the Earth 207

9 The Hadean crust of the Earth 233

10 The Archean crust of the Earth 249

11 The Post-Archean continental crust 275

12 Composition and evolution of the continental crust 301

13 Crusts on minor bodies 325

14 Reflections: the elusive patterns of planetary crusts 352

Indexes 364

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