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Author Pont, Frédéric, author

Title Alien skies : planetary atmospheres from Earth to exoplanets / by Frederic J. Pont
Published New York : Springer, 2014
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Contents The home planet -- Venus -- Mars -- Titan -- Giant planets -- Hot Jupiters ; Interlude -- observations -- Terrestrial exoplanets -- Back to Earth
Summary Planetary atmospheres are complex and evolving entities, as mankind is rapidly coming to realise whilst attempting to understand, forecast and mitigate human-induced climate change. In the Solar System, our neighbours Venus and Mars provide striking examples of two endpoints of planetary evolution, runaway greenhouse and loss of atmosphere to space. The variety of extra-solar planets brings a wider angle to the issue: from scorching "hot jupiters'' to ocean worlds, exo-atmospheres explore many configurations unknown in the Solar System, such as iron clouds, silicate rains, extreme plate tectonics, and steam volcanoes. Exoplanetary atmospheres have recently become accessible to observations. This book puts our own climate in the wider context of the trials and tribulations of planetary atmospheres. Based on cutting-edge research, it uses a grand tour of the atmospheres of other planets to shine a new light on our own atmosphere, and its relation with life
Notes Includes index
Print version record
Subject Planets -- Atmospheres.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781461485544 (electronic bk.)
1461485541 (electronic bk.)
1461485533 (print)
9781461485537 (print)