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The 50 most extreme places in our solar system

Author: David Baker; Todd Ratcliff
Publisher: London, England ; Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010.
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Explains the solar system in terms of storms, natural disasters, volcanoes, hail, tornadoes, and the possibility of life on other planets.
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Genre/Form: Miscellanea
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Baker; Todd Ratcliff
ISBN: 9780674049987 0674049985
OCLC Number: 539078853
Description: xiv, 290 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Contents: Surface and interior. Tallest mountain : Olympus Mons ; Coldest volcanoes : cryovolcanoes ; A truly "grand" canyon : Valles Marineris ; Movers and shakers : plate tectonics ; Ooh! That'll leave a mark : extreme impact craters --
Oceans & water & ice, oh my! Deepest ocean : Europa ; Best surf spot : Earth ; Biggest ice cubes : Saturn's icy moons ; Jekyll and Hyde of the solar system : dirty, icy comets ; The sky is falling! : dry ice caps of Mars --
Wild, wild weather. Longest-lived storm : Jupiter's great red spot ; An ill and still wind bloweth : hurricanes on Earth ; Wildly wicked winds of Neptune ; Best vacuum cleaner : Martian dust devils ; The hardest rain : diamond hail on Uranus and Neptune --
Extreme climates. Biggest, baddest babies of climate : El Nin̋o and La Nin̋a ; But it's a dry heat : runaway greenhouse of Venus ; Dirtiest climate change : global dust storms on Mars ; Most bizarre seasons : Uranus ; Snowballs in hell : Mercury --
Rings and things. Those lovely rings : Saturn ; Billions and billions of bodies : the Oort cloud ; When comets attack : Shoemaker-Levy ; The planet that wasn't : the asteroid belt ; Earth-shattering impact : birth of our moon? --
Electro magneto extremo. Supertwisted magnet : our sun ; Blowing a bubble in space : the solar wind ; Biggest plasma screen : Jupiter's magnetosphere ; Most radical electric light shows : Auroras on Earth and Jupiter ; Shocking superbolts of Saturn --
Life. Juuust right! : Earth's abundant life ; Death from above : The K-T extinction ; Life from above : alien origins ; Little green ... microbes? : possible life on Mars ; Life in the dark ; Earth & Europa? --
The wack pack. Stinkiest place : the rotten egg of Io ; Best fuel depot : Titan ; Problematic planethood : Pluto ; Most retro : Venus & Triton ; Most misinterpreted "artifact" : the face on Mars ; One-eyed monster and the hex of Saturn ; FrankenMoon : Miranda ; As sure as sunrise? : Hyperion's chaotic rotation ; The incredible shrinking planet : Mercury ; A perfect fit : solar eclipses on Earth ; Strangest life-form : humans --
Sum of extreme parts. Supreme sun ; Giant Jupiter ; Sexy Saturn ; Extreme Earth.
Other Titles: Fifty most extreme places in our solar system
Responsibility: David Baker and Todd Ratcliff.

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Explores extreme regions on Earth and beyond - giant turbulent storms, explosive volcanoes, and the possibility of life surviving in harsh conditions. This book conveys the dynamism of science as a  Read more...

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Laid out in 50 brief but beautifully illustrated chapters, The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System is hugely enjoyable. -- Jim Wild Times Higher Education 20101104 Just from a casual look, I Read more...

 
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