Geology and Habitability of Terrestrial Planets

  • Kathryn E. Fishbaugh
  • Philippe Lognonné
  • François Raulin
  • David J. Des Marais
  • Oleg Korablev

Part of the Space Sciences Series of ISSI book series (SSSI, volume 24)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Kathryn E. Fishbaugh, David J. Des Marais, Oleg Korablev, Philippe Lognonne, François Raulin
    Pages 1-5
  3. Kevin Zahnle, Nick Arndt, Charles Cockell, Alex Halliday, Euan Nisbet, Franck Selsis et al.
    Pages 35-78
  4. Euan Nisbet, Kevin Zahnle, M. V. Gerasimov, Jörn Helbert, Ralf Jaumann, Beda A. Hofmann et al.
    Pages 79-121
  5. J. -L. Bertaux, M. Carr, D. J. Des Marais, E. Gaidos
    Pages 123-165
  6. P. van Thienen, K. Benzerara, D. Breuer, C. Gillmann, S. Labrosse, P. Lognonné et al.
    Pages 167-203
  7. Helmut Lammer, Véronique Dehant, Oleg Korablev, Rickard Lundin
    Pages 205-206
  8. Yuri N. Kulikov, Helmut Lammer, Herbert I. M. Lichtenegger, Thomas Penz, Doris Breuer, Tilman Spohn et al.
    Pages 207-243
  9. Rickard Lundin, Helmut Lammer, Ignasi Ribas
    Pages 245-278
  10. V. Dehant, H. Lammer, Y. N. Kulikov, J. -M. Grießmeier, D. Breuer, O. Verhoeven et al.
    Pages 279-300
  11. Philippe Lognonne, David Des Marais, François Raulin, Kathryn Fishbaugh
    Pages 301-304
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 305-306

About this book


Given the fundamental importance of and universal interest in whether extraterrestrial life has developed or could eventually develop in our solar system and beyond, it is vital that an examination of planetary habitability goes beyond simple assumptions such as, "Where there is water, there is life." This book has resulted from a workshop at the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland (5-9 September 2005) that brought together planetary geologists, geophysicists, atmospheric scientists, and biologists to discuss the multi-faceted problem of how the habitability of a planet co-evolves with the geology of the surface and interior, the atmosphere, and the magnetosphere.

Each of the six chapters has been written by authors with a range of expertise so that each chapter is itself multi-disciplinary, comprehensive, and accessible to scientists in all disciplines. These chapters delve into what life needs to exist and ultimately to thrive, the early environments of the young terrestrial planets, the role of volatiles in habitability, currently habitable (but possibly not inhabited) geologic environments, the connection between a planet's inner workings and the habitability of its surface, and the effects on planetary atmospheres of solar evolution and the presence or absence of a magnetosphere.

This book serves as a useful reference for those who plan missions that will hunt for biomarkers (especially on Mars), for biologists and geoscientists who seek a broader view of the story, and for researchers and upper level students interested in an in-depth review of the geologic evolution of terrestrial planets, from their cores to their magnetospheres, and how that evolution shapes the habitability of the planetary surface.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kathryn E. Fishbaugh
    • 1
  • Philippe Lognonné
    • 2
  • François Raulin
    • 3
  • David J. Des Marais
    • 4
  • Oleg Korablev
    • 5
  1. 1.International Space Science Institute (ISSI)BernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Equipe Etudies Spatiales et Planétologie (IPGP)Université de Paris VIISaint Maur des FossésFrance
  3. 3.Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques (LISA, UMR CNRS)Université Paris VII et Paris XIICréteil CedexFrance
  4. 4.NASA Ames Research CenterMoffett FieldUSA
  5. 5.Russian Space Research Institute (IKI)MoscowRussia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-74287-8
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-74288-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1385-7525
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