Table of contents for Introduction to planetary science : the geological perspective / Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing.


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Preface. 1. The urge to explore. 2. From speculation to understanding. 3. The planets of the solar system. 4. Life and death of stars. 5. Origin of the solar system. 6. The earth: model of planetary evolution. 7. The clockwork of the solar system. 8. Meteorites and impact craters. 9. The Earth-Moon system. 10. Mercury: too hot for comfort. 11. Venus: planetary evolution gone bad. 12. Mars: the little planet that could. 13. Asteroids: shattered worlds. 14. Jupiter: heavy-weight champion. 15. Galilean satellites: jewels of the solar system. 16. Saturn: the beauty of rings. 17. Titan: an ancient world in deep freeze. 18. Uranus: what happened here? 19. Neptune: more surprises. 20. Pluto and Charon: the odd couple. 21. Ice worlds at the outer limit. 22. Comets: coming inside from the cold. 23. Earth: the cradle of humans. 24. Brown-dwarf stars and extrasolar planets. Appendix I. Mathematical equations used in astronomy. Appendix II. Summaries of physical and orbital parameters. Glossary. Author Index. Subject Index


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Astrogeology.
Planets -- Geology.
Solar system.