Mars - A Warmer, Wetter Planet

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 23, 2004 - Science - 557 pages
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Mars is the Solar System's other wild, wet, water world. Long believed to have become cold, dead, and dry aeons ago, we now having striking new proof, not only that Mars was a relatively warm and wet place in geologically recent times, but that even today there are vast reserves of water frozen beneath the planet's surface. This compelling new evidence may well boost the chances of a manned mission to Mars sooner, rather than later. The discovery is also forcing a complete rethink about the mechanisms of global planetary change. What does the drastic turn of events on Mars mean for Earth's climate system? Could life have thrived on Mars very recently, and might it survive today in short-term hibernation? Will humans soon be capable of living off the natural resources that Martian hydrogeology has naturally offered us? Will humans one day be capable of setting off the same chain of events that nature has repeatedly triggered to set off warm, wet episodes on Mars? How could Mars be terraformed into a New World? (And should we even contemplate doing so?) This book offers a visually beautiful, scientifically detailed and accurate presentation of the evidence that has forced this new revolution in Mars science.

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"Long believed to have been cold, dead and dry for eons, there is now striking new proof that not only was Mars a relatively warm and wet place in geologically recent times, but that even today there are vast reserves of water frozen beneath the planetās surface. In this absorbing, beautifully illustrated book, Kargel describes the still-unfolding revolution in our knowledge about the Red Planet and how future concepts of Mars will continue to be molded by new revelations of four billion years of geology". (LUNAR AND PLANETARY INFORMATION BULLETIN)

 

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This exhaustive, effusive, and enthusiastic book conveys the excitement of frontline scientific research about as well as can be done. Kargel describes himself as a member of the "Tucson Mafia," a group of scientists in full rebellion against the "Mars Establishment" and its belief in a cold, dry Mars. His ideas are presented in meticulous detail, supported by hundreds of superb pictures, many taken by the author himself. Some--perhaps most--of his ideas are controversial and may ultimately prove to be wrong, as he himself often points out, but we have to applaud the (sometimes career-risking) courage with which he has pursued them. In spite of the large amount of rather technical information, the reader is swept along by the author's enthusiasm in conveying it and ability to integrate it into a coherent vision. The reader also learns about the process of science: the thrill of having a new idea and discussing it with others at conferences and cafes (and bars), the drudgery often involved in pursuing the idea, the perils of the formal review process for publications and grant applications, and the roles played by personality conflicts and power politics. Summing Up: Enthusiastically recommended. All levels. " (T. Barker, CHOICE, March 2005)

 

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I found this book to be very useful and full of good information. I really enjoyed the section about living on Mars in the future. It was full of tons of great and detailed information.

Contents

Imagining
1
Water the right stuff for life
5
Our favorite Martians
7
Place with a face
15
Moonstruck by the Mariner mars flybys
27
The four winds blow
32
Watershed
43
Surprise
44
Permafrost patterns
254
Permafrost processes
255
Permafrost cocktail
275
Icy familiarity
276
Icy unfamiliarity
317
golly theyre glacial
323
Creepyoozy icy
338
So it flows Why think ice?
345

Simply uniformly manifestly wrong
46
Whole wide world in my hands
47
Nix Olympica
48
500 Grand Canyons
51
Oceansize basin no water
59
Erasing the blitz
61
WarmWet Early Mars
63
Sapping and recharge
67
Rains on the plains of cold sunny mars?
76
Outflow from sheer chaos
78
Hot mud baths of elysium
86
Riverfed lakes of a bygone era
92
Creepy
93
Martian ink blots
96
Long long ago a water world
99
The FaintYoungSun paradox
100
Seeing Mars across the geospectrum
102
Concensus
105
Oceanus Borealis and the Austral Ice Sheet
107
Pauls leads point the right way
110
Planet Ice
112
A river runs through it
113
Neptune on Mars
116
Take it with a grain of salt
135
Mountain men and women of Mars
137
Mammoth Ice Age
139
White Charitum Christmas
159
death by melting
166
A different touch
169
Glaciation goes global
170
Outrage
172
Sheer madness
176
Tucson Mafia
179
Icy warm
182
Outer edge of the inner realm
185
Twovolatile planets
186
Red White and Blue Mars
194
a gassy icy planet
197
When opposites attract
199
Gassy geysers and crumbling chaos
200
Where are the carbonates?
201
Cryogenic Martian Rock of Ages
202
Old TimesNew Wrinkles
209
U channel
210
Special things I see in U
218
No John F Kennedy
222
Rocky Roads of Argyre
224
smooth and filling
226
Granddaddy ocean?
229
Martian Lakes Chronicles
230
Fractal erosion
242
Washed Away
244
Neoglacial
247
Neoglacial gullies
346
Mars Little Ice Age
358
Icy time
360
Ice now and then
361
Climactic climate
363
When Equilibration disturbs the balance
366
Cold facts
369
Conflict resolution
373
Mars a different sort of place
374
not so far from home? No farther than Nome?
377
Living Mars
385
Through a glass darkly
388
the loneliest number
392
Nothing but pigeon whitings or is it theoretical anticipation?
393
Gods recipe on the Internet
395
Playing God or just playing with fire?
402
The great bug search Viking Landers
406
verifying the sender
408
ALH84001 and other odd rocks
410
Martian island jungles?
417
Jungle law
423
Contact
427
The Future Living Mars
431
Marching to Mars
435
Oneway ticket to Mars
438
Breathe Easy
440
Exploring Mars near term
441
The next giant leap
447
Watering Mars
450
Heating Mars
454
Electrifying Mars
458
Farming Mars
460
From dust and thin air cities will rise
462
Spaceship Mars?
476
New World
481
Terrorforming
482
The Sixth Extinction
487
A pound of light
490
Fateful fastforward look at the two worlds
492
The slow demise of life on earth
499
Earths end game
504
Mars before the end
509
Still waiting for the good news
511
The Late News
517
Spirit explores Gusev Crater
518
Opportunity rocks
523
Expressly European
524
An American Presidential Directive
526
Wet Ink
530
Bibliography
543
Index
551
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