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Planetesimals
Early Differentiation and Consequences for Planets

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Benjamin P. Weiss, Erik Asphaug, William Bottke, A. Morbidelli, Timothy J. McCoy, Emma S. Bullock, Julie Castillo-Rogez, Edward Young, Roger R. Fu, Richard C. Greenwood, Linda T. Elkins-Tanton, Alex M. Ruzicka, Henning Haack, Nancy L. Chabot, Edward R. D. Scott, Lionel Wilson, Klaus Keil, Aaron Scheinberg, Sabine Stanley, Richard J. Harrison, James F. J. Bryson, Claire I. O. Nichols, Thorsten Kleine, Meenakshi Wadhwa, Anat Shahar, Paul Savage, Fred Moynier, Pierre Vernazza, Pierre Beck, Thomas H. Burbine, Francesca E. DeMeo, Andrew S. Rivkin, Vishnu Reddy, Carol A. Raymond, Christopher T. Russell, Harry Y. McSween, Jr, Andrew N. Youdin, George H. Rieke
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  • Date Published: March 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107118485

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  • Processes governing the evolution of planetesimals are critical to understanding how rocky planets are formed, how water is delivered to them, the origin of planetary atmospheres, how cores and magnetic dynamos develop, and ultimately, which planets have the potential to be habitable. Theoretical advances and new data from asteroid and meteorite observations, coupled with spacecraft missions such as Rosetta and Dawn, have led to major advances in this field over the last decade. This transdisciplinary volume presents an authoritative overview of the latest in our understanding of the processes of planet formation. Combining meteorite, asteroid and icy body observations with theory and modelling of accretion and orbital dynamics, this text also provides insights into the exoplanetary system and the search for habitable worlds. This is an essential reference for those interested in planetary formation, solar system dynamics, exoplanets and planetary habitability.

    • Review chapters serve as a broad introduction to the interdisciplinary field of planetesimals, the building blocks of planets
    • Connects the science of meteorites and asteroids with mission discoveries and theory
    • Focuses on the underlying chemical and physical processes governing planetesimals, as well as discussing recent developments in measurement and theory
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    '… a host of academic cosmogonists, meteoriticists, Solar System dynamicists, and planetary physicists have collaborated to write 17 review papers. These are collected to form this impressive book, one that is beautifully produced, well-illustrated and an ideal introduction to the topic for a researcher qualified in maths and physics … I recommend this book unreservedly. I was left with a feeling of great gratitude to the researchers who have spent so much time in explaining so clearly the intricacies of these minor solar System bodies.' David W. Hughes, The Observatory

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    • Date Published: March 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107118485
    • length: 394 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 180 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.99kg
    • contains: 88 b/w illus. 40 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    1. Planetesimals Benjamin P. Weiss
    Part I. Dynamical Evolution:
    2. Signatures of hit and run collisions Erik Asphaug
    3. Using the main asteroid belt to constrain planetesimal and planet formation William Bottke and A. Morbidelli
    Part II. Chemical and Mineralogical Diversity:
    4. Differentiation under highly reducing conditions: new insights from meteorites and mercury Timothy J. McCoy and Emma S. Bullock
    5. Origin and evolution of volatile-rich asteroids Julie Castillo-Rogez and Edward Young
    6. Silicate melting and volatile loss during differentiation in planetesimals Roger R. Fu, Edward Young, Richard C. Greenwood and Linda T. Elkins-Tanton
    7. Iron and stony-iron meteorites: evidence for the formation, crystallization, and early impact histories of differentiated planetesimals Alex M. Ruzicka, Henning Haack, Nancy L. Chabot and Edward R. D. Scott
    8. Arguments for the non-existence of magma oceans in asteroids Lionel Wilson and Klaus Keil
    9. Magnetic fields on asteroids and planetesimals Aaron Scheinberg, Roger R. Fu, Linda T. Elkins-Tanton, Benjamin P. Weiss and Sabine Stanley
    10. Magnetic mineralogy of meteoritic metal: paleomagnetic evidence for dynamo activity on differentiated planetesimals Richard J. Harrison, James F. J. Bryson, Claire I. O. Nichols and Benjamin P. Weiss
    11. Chronology of planetesimal differentiation Thorsten Kleine and Meenakshi Wadhwa
    12. Stable isotope evidence for the differentiation and evolution of planetesimals Anat Shahar, Paul Savage and Fred Moynier
    Part III. Asteroids as Records of Formation and Differentiation:
    13. Composition of Solar System small bodies Pierre Vernazza and Pierre Beck
    14. Evidence for differentiation among asteroid families Thomas H. Burbine, Francesca E. DeMeo, Andrew S. Rivkin and Vishnu Reddy
    15. Dawn at Vesta: paradigms and paradoxes Carol A. Raymond, Christopher T. Russell and Harry Y. McSween, Jr
    16. Planetesimals in debris disks Andrew N. Youdin and George H. Rieke
    Part IV. Early Differentiation and Consequences for Planet Formation:
    17. Consequences for planet formation Linda T. Elkins-Tanton
    Index.

  • Editors

    Linda T. Elkins-Tanton, Arizona State University
    Linda T. Elkins-Tanton is the Director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. Her research focusses on the evolution of terrestrial planets and the relationships between Earth and life on Earth. Elkins-Tanton is a two-time National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow. She won a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2008, the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas prize in 2010, and in 2013 was named the Astor Fellow at the University of Oxford. She co-edited Volcanism and Global Environmental Change (Cambridge, 2015), and has written a six-book reference series entitled The Solar System. In 2012 she was honored with an asteroid named 8252 Elkins-Tanton.

    Benjamin P. Weiss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Benjamin P. Weiss is a Professor of Planetary Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Chair of the Program in Planetary Sciences within the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Weiss' research interests include the formation, evolution and history of terrestrial planets and small bodies. Weiss was awarded the Macelwane Medal in 2009 and was the 2003 winner of the Francis and Milton Clauser Doctoral Prize at the California Institute of Techmology. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and in 2012 he was honored with an asteroid named 8069 Benweiss.

    Contributors

    Benjamin P. Weiss, Erik Asphaug, William Bottke, A. Morbidelli, Timothy J. McCoy, Emma S. Bullock, Julie Castillo-Rogez, Edward Young, Roger R. Fu, Richard C. Greenwood, Linda T. Elkins-Tanton, Alex M. Ruzicka, Henning Haack, Nancy L. Chabot, Edward R. D. Scott, Lionel Wilson, Klaus Keil, Aaron Scheinberg, Sabine Stanley, Richard J. Harrison, James F. J. Bryson, Claire I. O. Nichols, Thorsten Kleine, Meenakshi Wadhwa, Anat Shahar, Paul Savage, Fred Moynier, Pierre Vernazza, Pierre Beck, Thomas H. Burbine, Francesca E. DeMeo, Andrew S. Rivkin, Vishnu Reddy, Carol A. Raymond, Christopher T. Russell, Harry Y. McSween, Jr, Andrew N. Youdin, George H. Rieke

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