William K. Hartmann Moons and Planets

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Moons and Planets

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Fully updated by William Hartmann, this text retains a comparative approach to the principles of planetology, including organization by physical topic rather than by planet. This unique approach promotes an understanding of the unifying principles and processes that cause similarities and differences among the moon and planets. This edition features finding and photos from Mars Pathfinder, Global Surveyor, Hubble, and photos of Jupiter's atmosphere from the Galileo probe, new data on Pluto and other small bodies, and more! The text's unique math boxes give you the flexibility to teach planetary science at a descriptive level or at a moderately advanced level involving algebra and elementary calculus.

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William K. Hartmann is known internationally as a planetary astronomer, writer, and painter. He is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona. His research has involved the origin and evolution of planets and studies of the surfaces of Mars, the moon, asteroids, and comets. Asteroid 3341 is named after him in recognition of this work, and in 1998 he was named first recipient of the Carl Sagan medal of the American Astronomical Society for communicating planetary science to the public. In 2002 he was awarded a medal from the European Geophysical Society for his work on planetary cratering. He has authored three other astronomy books for Thomson, Brooks-Cole, several popular astronomy books, and two novels, MARS UNDERGROUND and CITIES OF GOLD.

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1. Introduction: Planetary Science and the Cosmic Perspective. 2. The Solar System: An Overview. 3. Celestial Mechanics. 4. The Formation of Stars and Planetary Material. 5. The Formation of Planets and Satellites. 6. Meteorites and Meteoritics. 7. Interplanetary Worldlets: Asteroids and Comets. 8. Planetary Interiors. 9. Planetary Surfaces I: Petrology, Primitive Surfaces, and Cratering. 10. Planetary Surfaces II: Volcanism and Endogenic Processes of Surface Evolution. 11. Planetary Atmospheres. 12. Life: Its History and Occurrence. 13. Martian Epilogue: Applying Planetary Science on a New Frontier. Appendix: Planetary Data Table. References. Index.

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