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Author: Linda T Elkins-Tanton
Publisher: New York : Chelsea House, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores the relationship between the Sun and Mars from the point of view of a planetary scientist, examining the role of Mars as a recorder of the formation of the solar system.
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Linda T Elkins-Tanton
ISBN: 0816051984 9780816051984
OCLC Number: 60454384
Description: xvii, 206 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Mars: Fast facts about a planet in orbit --
Fundamental information about Mars --
Planetary evolution and the martian interior --
Interior structure of the terrestrial planets --
Direct observations of the composition of Mars --
Elements and isotopes --
Determining age from radioactive isotopes --
Making mars: compositions and processes --
Accretion and heating: why are some solar system objects round --
And others irregular? --
Was there a Martian magma ocean? --
Late heavy bombardment --
What is pressure? --
The core of Mars --
Martian timeline of events --
Crust of Mars and the hemispheric dichotomy --
Mars orbital laser altimeter --
Rheology, or how solds can flow --
Gravity measurements on Mars --
What makes gravity? --
Remnants of an ancient magnetic field on Mars --
What makes planetary magnetic fields? --
Visible planet --
Seasonal ice caps drive atmosphere and weather --
Optical depth --
Remote sensing --
Mapping the surface of Mars --
Volcanoes --
Fossa, sulci, and other terms for planetary landforms --
Craters --
Surface features created by wind and water --
Jeff Kargel and the search for ice on Mars --
Wesley andres watters: Working on the Mars exploration rover --
Science team --
Water on Mars today --
Life on Mars? --
Moons --
What are synchronous orbits and synchronous rotation? --
Missions --
Conclusions: Known and the unknown --
Appendix 1: Units and measurements --
Fundamental units --
Comparisons among kelvin, celsius, and fahrenheit --
Useful measures of distance --
Definitions for electricity and magnetism --
Prefixes --
Appendix 2: Light, wavelength, and radiation --
Appendix 3: List of all known moons --
Glossary --
Bibliography and further reading --
Index.
Responsibility: Linda T. Elkins-Tanton.
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