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The Surface of Mars

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  • Date Published: March 2007
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  • isbn: 9780511266881

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  • Our knowledge of Mars has grown enormously over the last decade as a result of the Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express, and the two Mars Rover missions. This book is a systematic summary of what we have learnt about the geological evolution of Mars as a result of these missions. It describes the diverse Martian surface features and summarizes current ideas as to how, when, and under what conditions they formed, and explores how Earth and Mars differ and why the two planets evolved so differently. The author also discusses possible implications of the geologic history for the origin and survival of indigenous Martian life. Up-to-date and highly illustrated, this book will be a principal reference for researchers and graduate students in planetary science. The comprehensive list of references will also assist readers in pursuing further information on the subject. Colour images can be found at www.cambridge.org/9780521872010.

    • Covers all aspects of Martian geology
    • Richly illustrated with 250 figures
    • Up-to-date, and uses information from the Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express and the two Mars Rover missions
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    "...this book will prove very useful both to incoming students in the field and researchers wishing to become more familiar with recent advances in subjects outside their usual area. It is excellently prepared and presented and likely to become a common feature on the bookshelves of planetary scientists everywhere." --The Meteoritical Society

    "...describes morphology and process on the red planet, and it does that extremely well...no one is more qualified to write this book...Astronomy has now abdicated much of the solar system to geology, and no geoscientist with an interest in the revolution should be without a copy." --Journal of Geology

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    • Date Published: March 2007
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511266881
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Overview
    3. Impact craters
    4. Volcanism
    5. Global structure and tectonics
    6. Canyons
    7. Channels, valleys and gullies
    8. Lakes and oceans
    9. Ice
    10. Wind
    11. Poles
    12. The view from the surface
    13. Climate change
    14. Implications for life
    15. Summary
    Index.

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    The Surface of Mars

    Michael H. Carr

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    Michael H. Carr, United States Geological Survey, Menlo Park
    Michael Carr is a Geologist Emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey, and has over 40 years' experience of planetary science research. In the early 1970s Dr Carr was a member of the Mariner 9 team and leader of the Viking Orbiter team. He was co-investigator on the Mars Global Surveyor, the Mars Exploration Rovers and the High Resolution Stereo Camera on Mars Express. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was awarded the 1994 National Air and Space Museum Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on Mars. He is also the author of The Surface of Mars (1981) and Water on Mars (1996).

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