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Cosmochemistry
     

Cosmochemistry

by Harry Y. McSween, Jr Jr, Gary R. Huss
 

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ISBN-10: 0521878624

ISBN-13: 9780521878623

Pub. Date: 05/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

How did the Solar System's chemical composition evolve? This textbook provides the answers in the first interdisciplinary introduction to cosmochemistry. It makes this exciting and evolving field accessible to undergraduate and graduate students from a range of backgrounds, including geology, chemistry, astronomy and physics. The authors - two established leaders

Overview

How did the Solar System's chemical composition evolve? This textbook provides the answers in the first interdisciplinary introduction to cosmochemistry. It makes this exciting and evolving field accessible to undergraduate and graduate students from a range of backgrounds, including geology, chemistry, astronomy and physics. The authors - two established leaders who have pioneered developments in the field - provide a complete background to cosmochemical processes and discoveries, enabling students outside geochemistry to understand and explore the Solar System's composition. Topics covered include: - synthesis of nuclides in stars - partitioning of elements between solids, liquids and gas in the solar nebula - overviews of the chemistry of extraterrestrial materials - isotopic tools used to investigate processes such as planet accretion and element fractionation - chronology of the early Solar System - geochemical exploration of planets Boxes provide basic definitions and mini-courses in mineralogy, organic chemistry, and other essential background information for students. Review questions and additional reading for each chapter encourage students to explore cosmochemistry further.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521878623
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
568
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction to cosmochemistry; 2. Nuclides and elements – the building blocks of matter; 3. Origin of the elements; 4. Solar System and cosmic abundances – elements and isotopes; 5. Presolar grains – a record of stellar nucleosynthesis and processes in interstellar space; 6. Meteorites – a record of nebular and planetary processes; 7. Cosmochemical and geochemical fractionations; 8. Radioisotopes as chronometers; 9. Chronology of the early Solar System; 10. The most volatile elements and compounds – organic matter, noble gases, and ices; 11. Chemistry of anhydrous planetesimals; 12. Chemistry of comets and other ice-bearing planetesimals; 13. Geochemical exploration of planets – Moon and Mars as case studies; 14. Cosmochemical models for the formation of the Solar System; Appendix: some analytical techniques commonly used in cosmochemistry; Index.

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