Mars: An Introduction to its Interior, Surface and Atmosphere

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 10, 2008 - Science
Our knowledge of Mars has changed dramatically in the past 40 years due to the wealth of information provided by Earth-based and orbiting telescopes, and spacecraft investigations. Recent observations suggest that water has played a major role in the climatic and geologic history of the planet. This textbook covers our understanding of the planet's formation, geology, atmosphere, interior, surface properties, and potential for life. This interdisciplinary textbook encompasses the fields of geology, chemistry, atmospheric sciences, geophysics, and astronomy. Each chapter introduces the necessary background information to help the non-specialist understand the topics explored. It includes results from missions through 2006, including the latest insights from Mars Express and the Mars Exploration Rovers. Containing the most up-to-date information on Mars, this textbook is essential reading for graduate courses, and an important reference for researchers.
 

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Contents

an Introduction to its Interior Surface and Atmosphere 1 Introduction to Mars
1
an Introduction to its Interior Surface and Atmosphere 2 Formation of Mars and early planetary evolution
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an Introduction to its Interior Surface and Atmosphere 3 Geophysical measurements and inferred interior structure
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an Introduction to its Interior Surface and Atmosphere 4 Surface characteristics
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an Introduction to its Interior Surface and Atmosphere 5 Geology
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an Introduction to its Interior Surface and Atmosphere 6 Atmospheric conditions and evolution
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an Introduction to its Interior Surface and Atmosphere 7 History of water on Mars
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an Introduction to its Interior Surface and Atmosphere 8 Search for life
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an Introduction to its Interior Surface and Atmosphere 9 Looking ahead
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an Introduction to its Interior Surface and Atmosphere References
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an Introduction to its Interior Surface and Atmosphere Appendix Mission reports
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an Introduction to its Interior Surface and Atmosphere Index
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About the author (2008)

Nadine Barlow is Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northern Arizona University. Her research focuses on Martian impact craters and what they can tell us about the distribution of subsurface water and ice reservoirs.

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