Planetary Sciences

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 6, 2001 - Science - 528 pages
Planetary Sciences presents a comprehensive coverage of this fascinating and expanding field at a level appropriate for graduate students and researchers in the physical sciences. The book explains the wide variety of physical, chemical and geological processes that govern the motions and properties of planets. Observations of the planets, moons, asteroids, comets and planetary rings in our Solar System, as well as extrasolar planets, are described, and the process of planetary formation is discussed.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Dynamics
19
Solar Heating and Energy Transport
45
Planetary Atmospheres
65
Planetary Surfaces
137
Planetary Interiors
212
Densities and Central Properties of the Planets and the Moon
213
Planetary Magnetospheres and the Interplanetary Medium
253
Twenty Largest Asteroids a 6 At0
332
Comets
366
Properties of Jupiters Ring System
410
Planet Formation
439
Extrasolar Planets
476
J Upsilon Andromedae s Planetary System
482
List of Symbols Used
487
Periodic Table of the Elements
493

Meteorites
307
S 77e Anders and Ehihara Table of Cosmic Abundances of the Elements Based on Analyses for CI Chondrites
309
Asteroids
331

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About the author (2001)

Imke de Pater is a Professor at the University of California, in the departments of Astronomy and Earth and Planetary Science. She was born in Hengelo, the Netherlands, in 1952 and received her Ph.D. cum Laude in 1980 from Leiden University. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona from 1980 to 1983, after which she moved to the University of California, Berkeley.

Jack J. Lissauer is a Space Scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. He was born in San Francisco in 1957, received his S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982. He held postdoctoral fellowships at NASA Ames and the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was on the faculty of the State University of New York, Stony Brook, from 1987 to 1996.

Jack J. Lissauer is a Space Scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. He was born in San Francisco in 1957, received his S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982. He held postdoctoral fellowships at NASA Ames and the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was on the faculty of the State University of New York, Stony Brook, from 1987 to 1996.

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