Satellites of the Outer Planets

Satellites of the Outer Planets : Worlds in Their Own Right

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Extensively revised and updated, this new edition of David A. Rothery's acclaimed geological guide to the outer solar system includes results and close-up color and black and white images from the 1995-1999 Galileo mission to Jupiter and from the Voyager space probe. Rothery, a noted planetary scientist, explains the geological aspects of the major satellites of the outer bodies, from Jupiter to Neptune to the Pluto-Charon system. In particular he shows how tectonic and volcanic processes, driven by heat from within, have shaped the rigid outer layers of these bodies. Rothery also discusses the similarities and differences among these planets, and reveals how they resemble Earth-like planets. This fascinating book is written in an introductory style ideal for first- or second-year college courses. Amateur geologists and astronomers will also find its insights more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 190.8 x 254.5 x 13.7mm | 751.45g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 8 colour plates, numerous halftones and line illustrations
  • 019512555X
  • 9780195125559

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"The depth and authority of the treatment of physical geological processes makes this a good introduction to the outer satellites for undergraduate students, while the clarity of the text ensures that things do not become too complicated for less expert readers." -Lionel Wilson, Times Higher Eduation Supplement "Rothery brings these satellites to life." -David Hughes, New Scientist "...a highly readable, respectably accurate and complete nontechnical summary of planetary satellites for general and scientific audiences that is not otherwise available. Indeed, this is how I might have wished to write a book on icy satellites should I have done so." -Paul M. Schenk, Icarus On the first edition: "Rothery does an excellent job of synthesizing the research inspired by the Voyager missions into a coherent description of outer solar system geology." -Jonathan I. Lunine, Sky & Telescopeshow more

About David A. Rothery

David A. Rothery is a volcanologist and planetary scientist. A Senior Lecturer at the Open University, UK, he is well known for his research on volcano monitoring and has written numerous popular magazine articles as well as made appearances on on radio and TV in the UK to explain volcanoes and planetary more

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