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Planetary Crusts


  • Page extent: 402 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.84 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521841863)

Planetary Crusts explains how and why solid planets and satellites develop crusts. Extensively referenced and annotated, it presents a geochemical and geological survey of the crusts of the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, the asteroid Vesta, and several satellites like Io, Europa, Ganymede, Titan and Callisto. After describing the nature and formation of solar system bodies, the book presents a comparative investigation of different planetary crusts and discusses many crustal controversies. The authors propose the theory of stochastic processes dominating crustal development, and debate the possibility of Earth-like planets existing elsewhere in the cosmos. Written by two leading authorities on the subject, this book presents an extensive 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.

• Investigates the crustal development of solid planetary bodies from the perspective of comparative planetology and solar system evolution • Written by two of the world's leading authorities on planetary geochemistry • Critically evaluates prevalent issues of controversy and debate to provide a road-map for future research


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.


Review of the hardback: '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

Review of the hardback: '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

Review of the hardback: '… 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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