The Surface of Mars: 6 (Cambridge Planetary Science, Series Number 6)

The Surface of Mars: 6 (Cambridge Planetary Science, Series Number 6)

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Michael H. Carr
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 1/11/2007
EAN 9780521872010, ISBN10: 0521872014

Hardcover, 322 pages, 28.2 x 22.6 x 2 cm
Language: English

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.

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

'Mike Carr, Geologist Emeritus at the US Geological Survey, has participated in virtually all those missions and has probably seen more Mars imagery than anyone; 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