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Planetary Geology

  • Angelo Pio Rossi
  • Stephan van Gasselt
  • Presents a multi-disciplinary textbook on planetary geology

  • Provides an up-to-date interdisciplinary geoscience-focused overview of solid Solar System bodies and their evolution

  • Complemented by exercises and interactive material provided in a self-contained online repository

Textbook

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Astronomy and Planetary Sciences book sub series (ASTRONOMY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lxv
  2. Methods and Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Angelo Pio Rossi, Stephan van Gasselt
      Pages 3-14
    3. Monica Pondrelli, Victor R. Baker, Ernst Hauber
      Pages 15-31
    4. Stephan van Gasselt, Angelo Pio Rossi, Damien Loizeau, Mario d’Amore
      Pages 33-53
    5. Trent M. Hare, James A. Skinner, Randolph L. Kirk
      Pages 55-70
    6. Angelo Pio Rossi, Stephan van Gasselt
      Pages 71-100
  3. Processes and Sources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Ansgar Greshake, Joerg Fritz
      Pages 103-121
    3. Thomas Kenkmann, Gerwin Wulf
      Pages 123-145
    4. Ernst Hauber, Daniel Mège, Thomas Platz, Petr Broz̆
      Pages 147-183
    5. Nicolas Mangold
      Pages 185-219
    6. Doris Breuer, Nicola Tosi
      Pages 221-245
  4. Integration and Geological Syntheses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Angelo Pio Rossi, Stephan van Gasselt, Harald Hiesinger
      Pages 249-283
    3. Roland Wagner, Katrin Stephan, Nico Schmedemann
      Pages 285-310
    4. Nico Schmedemann, Matteo Massironi, Roland Wagner, Katrin Stephan
      Pages 311-343
  5. Frontiers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
    2. Barbara Cavalazzi, Mihaela Glamoclija, André Brack, Frances Westall, Roberto Orosei, Sherry L. Cady
      Pages 347-367
    3. Angel Abbud-Madrid
      Pages 369-394

About this book

Introduction

This book provides an up-to-date interdisciplinary geoscience-focused overview of solid solar system bodies and their evolution, based on the comparative description of processes acting on them.

Planetary research today is a strongly multidisciplinary endeavor with efforts coming from engineering and natural sciences. Key focal areas of study are the solid surfaces found in our Solar System. Some have a direct interaction with the interplanetary medium and others have dynamic atmospheres. In any of those cases, the geological records of those surfaces (and sub-surfaces) are key to understanding the Solar System as a whole: its evolution and the planetary perspective of our own planet.

This book has a modular structure and is divided into 4 sections comprising 15 chapters in total. Each section builds upon the previous one but is also self-standing. The sections are: 

  • Methods and tools
  • Processes and Sources 
  • Integration and Geological Syntheses
  • Frontiers

The latter covers the far-reaching broad topics of exobiology, early life, extreme environments and planetary resources, all areas where major advancements are expected in the forthcoming decades and both key to human exploration of the Solar System.

The target readership includes advanced undergraduate students in geoscience-related topics with no specific planetary science knowledge; undergraduates in other natural science domains (e.g. physics, astronomy, biology or chemistry); graduates in engineering and space systems design who want to complement their knowledge in planetary science.

The authors’ backgrounds span a broad range of topics and disciplines: rooted in Earth geoscience, their expertise covers remote sensing and cartography, field mapping, impact cratering, volcanology and tectonics, sedimentology and stratigraphy exobiology and life in extreme environments, planetary resources and mining. Several generations of planetary scientists are cooperating to provide a modern view on a discipline developed from Earth during and through Space exploration.


Keywords

Endogenic Processes in Silicate and Icy Crusts Exobiology Exogenic Processes Geologic and Geospatial Mapping Geological Evolution of Icy and Rocky-Icy Satellites Geological Evolution of Terrestrial Planets Geological Evolutions on Minor Bodies Geological Tools Impact Cratering Planetary Chronostratigraphy Planetary Interior and Atmospheres Remote Measurements in Planetary Exploration Remote Sensing Stratigraphy

Editors and affiliations

  • Angelo Pio Rossi
    • 1
  • Stephan van Gasselt
    • 2
  1. 1.Jacobs University BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.National Chengchi UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

About the editors

Dr. Angelo Pio Rossi is a planetary scientist who received his doctoral degree at the Unviersity of D’Annunczio, Pescara, in 2004. He was appointed as Professor of Earth and Planetary Science at the Department of Physics & Earth Sciences at Jacobs University Bremen where he researches and teaches topics of Earth and planetary sciences. His main research interests are in planetary geology, remote sensing, terrestrial analogue studies, and impact cratering. He has been involved with ESA and NASA Mars missions. He has been publishing papers on topics of planetary geology and geomorphology and is a member of the editorial board of Planetary & Space Science and co-editor of the Springer/ISSI Space Sciences Series volume 59 on
Dust Devils.

Dr. Stephan van Gasselt received his doctoral degree on topics of Martian geomorphology at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany in 2007 and was appointed at National Chengchi University, Taiwan, where he teaches and researches on topics of Earth and planetary sciences with a focus on geology and geomorphology, He has been involved as Co-Investigator in a number of ESA missions. He is executive editor for the Elsevier journal GeoResJ.

The authors’ backgrounds span over a broad range of topics and disciplines: rooted in Earth geoscience, their expertise covers remote sensing and cartography, field mapping, impact cratering, volcanology and tectonics, sedimentology and stratigraphy exobiology and life in extreme environments, planetary resources and mining. Several generations of planetary scientists are
cooperating, to provide a modern view on a discipline developed from Earth during and through Space exploration.

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