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The Geology of Multi-Ring Impact Basins
The Moon and Other Planets

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  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511869099

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  • Multi-ring basins are large impact craters formed in the early history of planets. They critically affect the evolution of the planets and their satellites. The Moon offers an exceptional chance to study these phenomena and this book provides a comprehensive geological study using data from lunar landings and remote sensing of the Moon. The author covers the formation and development of basins and considers their chemistry and mineralogy. He studies their effects on the volcanic, tectonic and geological evolution of the planet, including the catastrophic consequence on the planetary climate and evolution of life. This study is lavishly illustrated with many spectacular, highly-detailed photographs and diagrams.

    • A comprehensive geological survey of large impact craters on the moon
    • A spectacular portfolio of lunar photographs
    • A study of the geological evolution of the planets and their satellites
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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511869099
    • contains: 103 b/w illus. 20 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. The multi-ring basin problem
    2. From crater to basin
    3. The 'archetype' basin: Orientale
    4. An ancient basin: Nectaris
    5. A modified basin: Crisium
    6. A transitional basin: Serenitatis
    7. The largest basin: Imbrium
    8. Geological processes in the formation of lunar basins
    9. Multi-ring basins on the terrestrial planets
    10. Multi-ring basins and planetary evolution
    References.

  • Author

    Paul D. Spudis, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston
    Paul D. Spudis is a Senior Staff Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas. His research is on the deposits and environment of the poles of the Moon with the aim of understanding their potential as sites for future exploration and use. He was educated at Arizona State University (BS, 1976; PhD, 1982) and Brown University (ScM, 1977). He was deputy leader of the Science Team for the DoD-NASA Clementine mission in 1994, the Principal Investigator of the Mini-SAR radar imaging experiment on the Indian Chandrayaan-1 mission to the Moon in 2009, and a team member of the Mini-RF imaging radar experiment aboard NASA's current Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission. He has served on two White House study groups, including the Presidential Commission on the Implementation of US Space Exploration Policy in 2004. He has been awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the Theodore von Karman medal from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Space Pioneer award of the National Space Society. He is the author of more than 100 scientific papers, five books, and numerous articles for the popular press.

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