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Encyclopedia of the solar system

Author: Lucy-Ann Adams McFadden; Paul Robert Weissman; T V Johnson
Publisher: Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier/Academic Press, ©2007.
Series: Gale virtual reference library.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Provides a framework for understanding the origin and evolution of the solar system, historical discoveries, and details about planetary bodies and how they interact. Includes the latest explorations and observations and hundreds of new color digital images and illustrations.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Encyclopedias
Additional Physical Format: Encyclopedia of the solar system.
Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier/Academic Press, 2007
(DLC) 14626057
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lucy-Ann Adams McFadden; Paul Robert Weissman; T V Johnson
ISBN: 9781849722933 1849722935 9780120885893 0120885891 9780080474984 0080474985
OCLC Number: 436848899
Notes: Includes graphical cross-reference mapper.
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 966 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Contents: Contributors --
About the editors --
Foreword --
Preface to the second edition --
Preface to the first edition --
The solar system and its place in the galaxy --
The origin of the solar system --
A history of solar system studies --
The sun --
The solar wind --
Mercury --
Venus: Atmosphere --
Venus: surface and interior --
Earth as a planet: Atmosphere and oceans --
Earth as a planet: Surface and interior --
The sun-earth connection --
The moon --
Meteorites --
Near-earth objects --
Mars atmosphere: History and surface interactions --
Mars: Surface and interior --
Mars: Landing site geology, mineralogy, and geochemistry --
Main-belt asteroids --
Planetary satellites --
Atmospheres of the giant planets --
Interiors of the giant planets --
Io: The volcanic moon --
Europa --
Ganymede and callisto --
Titan --
Triton --
Planetary rings --
Planetary magnetospheres --
Pluto --
Physics and chemistry of comets --
Comet populations and cometary dynamics --
Kuiper belt: Dynamics --
Kuiper belt objects: Physical studies --
Solar system dust --
X-rays in the solar system --
The solar system at ultraviolet wavelengths --
Infrared views of the solar system from space --
The solar system at radio wavelengths --
New generation ground-based optical/ infrared telescopes --
Planetary radar --
Remote chemical sensing using nuclear spectroscopy --
Solar system dynamics: regular and chaotic motion --
Planetary impacts --
Planetary volcanism --
Astrobiology --
Planetary exploration missions --
Extrasolar planets --
Appendix --
Glossary --
Index.
Series Title: Gale virtual reference library.
Responsibility: editors, Lucy-Ann McFadden, Paul R. Weissman, Torrence V. Johnson.

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