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An Introduction to the Solar System

An Introduction to the Solar System

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107600928

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  • Major leaps in space technology now allow us to view the splendour and diversity of the Solar System in remarkable detail. This textbook presents a fascinating description of the bodies in the Solar System and their origin and evolution. It highlights important concepts and techniques in boxed summaries. There are questions and answers throughout the text, as well as exercises with full solutions. Written and edited by practising planetary scientists, this new edition has been updated to reflect current knowledge and contains new figures to bring it up to date. It is ideal for introductory courses on the subject and is suitable for self-study. Online resources include electronic versions of figures from the book, sample assignments with suggested answers and links to websites featuring video clips and news stories related to the textbook.

    • Updated to reflect current knowledge, with several new figures
    • Contains boxed summaries, questions and answers throughout the text and exercises with full solutions
    • Online resources include electronic versions of figures from the book, sample assignments with suggested answers and links to related websites
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    "There are excellent treatments of features common to more than one body in the solar system..especially useful is the focus on atmospheric properties..excellent summary of planetary volcanism...provide thought-provoking introductions to the subject suitable for students from a wide range of backgrounds." Astronomy and Geophysics

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107600928
    • length: 418 pages
    • dimensions: 263 x 211 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1.32kg
    • contains: 328 colour illus. 96 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. A tour of the solar system
    2. The internal structure of the terrestrial planets
    3. Planetary volcanism – Ultima Thule?
    4. Planetary surface processes
    5. Atmospheres of terrestrial planets
    6. The giant planets
    7. Minor bodies of the solar system
    8. The origin of the solar system
    9. Meteorites: a record of formation
    Answers and comments
    Further reading
    Figure references

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    David A. Rothery, The Open University, Milton Keynes
    David A. Rothery is a volcanologist and planetary scientist at The Open University, with a background in geological remote sensing and a special fascination for the satellites of the outer planets.

    Neil McBride, The Open University, Milton Keynes
    Neil McBride joined the Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute, at The Open University, in 2000 as Lecturer in Planetary and Space Science. He now works in acoustics supporting sustainable building design.

    Iain Gilmour, The Open University, Milton Keynes
    Iain Gilmour is Head of the Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute at The Open University where he undertakes research on meteorites and large scale planetary impacts.

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