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Title Encyclopedia of the solar system / editors, Lucy-Ann McFadden, Paul R. Weissman, Torrence V. Johnson
Edition Second edition
Published Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier/Academic Press, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 966 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series Gale virtual reference library
Gale virtual reference library.
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
Summary 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
Notes Includes graphical cross-reference mapper
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Solar system -- Encyclopedias.
Genre/Form Encyclopedias.
Form Electronic book
Author Johnson, T. V. (Torrence V.), editor
McFadden, Lucy-Ann Adams, editor
Weissman, Paul Robert, 1947- editor
ISBN 0080474985 (electronic book)
9780080474984 (electronic book)