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An Introduction to the Solar System

3rd Edition

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  • Date Published: January 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108430845

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  • Ongoing advances in Solar System exploration continue to reveal its splendour and diversity in remarkable detail. This undergraduate-level textbook presents fascinating descriptions and colour images of the bodies in the Solar System, the processes that occur upon and within them, and their origins and evolution. It highlights important concepts and techniques in boxed summaries, while questions and exercises are embedded at appropriate points throughout the text, with full solutions provided. Written and edited by a team of practising planetary scientists, this third edition has been updated to reflect our current knowledge. It is ideal for introductory courses on the subject, and is suitable for self-study. The text is supported by online resources, hosted at www.cambridge.org/solarsystem3, which include selected figures from the book, self-assessment questions and sample tutor assignments, with outlines of suggested answers.

    • 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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    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108430845
    • length: 440 pages
    • copublisher: The Open University
    • dimensions: 263 x 210 x 22 mm
    • weight: 1.24kg
    • contains: 328 colour illus. 96 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. A tour of the Solar System
    2. The internal structure of the terrestrial planets
    3. Planetary volcanism
    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
    Appendices
    Glossary
    Further reading
    Acknowledgements
    Figure references
    Index.

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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. He has been involved in several space missions, and leads the Surface and Composition Working Group for the European Space Agency's BepiColombo mission to Mercury.

    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. His major teaching interests being in planetary science, physics and astronomy, and space science. He now works in acoustics supporting sustainable building design.

    Iain Gilmour, The Open University, Milton Keynes
    Iain Gilmour is Professor of Isotope Geochemistry at The Open University, where he undertakes research on the geochemistry of past climate change and large scale planetary impacts. He has taught on a wide range of Open University Science modules in the geosciences and planetary sciences as well as delivering courses at other institutions.

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