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Mysteries of Mars


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Popular Astronomy book sub series (POPULAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Fabio Vittorio De Blasio
    Pages 1-33
  3. Fabio Vittorio De Blasio
    Pages 35-70
  4. Fabio Vittorio De Blasio
    Pages 71-118
  5. Fabio Vittorio De Blasio
    Pages 119-161
  6. Fabio Vittorio De Blasio
    Pages 163-189

About this book


This book introduces the reader to the wonders of Mars, covering all aspects from our past perceptions of the planet through to the latest knowledge on its history, its surface processes such as impact cratering, volcano formation, and glaciation, and its atmosphere and climate. In addition, a series of ten intriguing open issues are considered in a more advanced way. These include such thought-provoking questions as What turned off the planet’s magnetic field?, Why are the northern and southern hemispheres so different?, What was the fate of the once abundant water?, and Is there, or was there, life on Mars? Numerous original figures, unavailable elsewhere, reproduce details of images from Viking, CTX, MOC, HiRISE, THEMIS, and HRSC. 

The book will appeal especially to general readers interested in planetary sciences, astronomy, astrogeology, and space exploration and to students of Earth Sciences and Natural and Environmental Sciences. The higher-level material on the remaining mysteries of Mars will also be of interest to astrogeologists and other researchers.


climate on Mars history and geography of Mars life on Mars geological formations of Mars the volcanoes of Mars water on Mars Martian data ten mysteries aspects of Mars Mars' magnetic field inhabiting Mars Colonizing Mars Mission to Mars

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity of Milan BicoccaMilanItaly

About the authors

Fabio Vittorio De Blasio is a physicist and geologist who currently holds a research position at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Italy. He has been the recipient of many fellowships and has held the post of professor under contract at Oslo University and visiting scientist at the “Sapienza” University of Rome. In the 1990s, his research interests were in the fields of nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics, but from 2000 onward his focus shifted toward the Earth Sciences, and especially the study of natural hazards and fluid dynamics as applied to geophysical problems. Since 2008, he has become more interested in the planetary sciences and the surface morphology of terrestrial planets. At present, he is studying the geomorphology of Mars and also examining meteoroid impacts and other features on icy planets, including the moons Iapetus and Europa. He has authored more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as two technical books and three popular science books. 

Bibliographic information


“This slender volume offers a useful, quick study on Mars. … The book is richly illustrated in both black and white and color. It is written in an accessible style that is thoroughly peppered with fact after fact; De Blasio offers plenty to intrigue readers about one of Earth's closest neighbors.” (P. K. Strother, Choice, Vol. 56 (10), June, 2019)