A Traveler's Guide to Mars: The Mysterious Landscapes of the Red Planet

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Workman Publishing, Jan 1, 2003 - Science - 468 pages
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In this extraordinary Baedeker—accessible, up-to-date, and prodigiously illustrated with photographs from Mariner 9, Viking, Pathfinder, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the ongoing mars Global Surveyor spacecraft—visitors will encounter:
  • Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system, rising three times as high as Mount Everest and covering an area the size of Missouri
  • Tharsis Planitia, the "high plains of Mars," with plains rising 29,000 feet—wide enough to cover Europe.
  • Valles Marineris, an equatorial canyon so vast that America's Grand Canyon would be a mere tributary.

Plus: the "face" on Mars, the White Rock, the "Canals" of Xanthe—and the first possible evidence of an ancient Martian life-form.
 

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User Review  - RaskFamilyLibrary - LibraryThing

This is an excellent, well written, beautifully illustrated, and informative book. The author does a great job of explaining the data available at the time of publication from Mars orbiters, surface probes and rovers. Read full review

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User Review  - CliffBurns - LibraryThing

Fun reading for space nuts, people who still dream of seeing a human footprint on Mars in their life time. This is like one of those Frommer's guides, an overview of all the Martian hot spots ... Read full review

Contents

The History of a Mystery
5
Terra Tyrrhena The Secret of the Winds
38
Part 1 Hitching a Ride on Mariner 9
44
The Canals of Xanthe
46
Syrtis Major The Mystery of Martian Soil
52
Enearthing MarsLike Rocks in Tucson
62
NOACHIAN MARS EXPLORING THE OLDEST PROVINCES
69
Hellas Basin A Giant Impact Scar A giant Impact Scar
71
Water Release
226
Nanedi Vallis Climate Change on Another World
228
Nirgal Vallis Sands in the Tracks
236
INTERLUDE ROCKS FROM MARS
241
Martian Meteorites Ground Truth at Last
243
Amazonis and Elysium Yesterdays Lava Eruptions
259
Amazonis and Elysium Yesterdays Lava Eruptions
261
Of Time and Progress
264

Discovering Lunar Basins Fending Off Academic Feuds
82
Land of Ancient Violence
85
Craters and the Depth to the Ice
93
Hit Rates Crater Counts and International Collaboration
98
Noachis and the Southern Highlands The Mystery of Softened Terrain
104
Whats That?
120
Crater Bakhuysen Visiting Valley Networks
124
A Great Waterway?
129
Vastitas Borealis The Secret of an Ancient Ocean?
137
Terra Meridiani Hermatite Deposit Number One
148
The Sediments of Crater Crommelin
160
White Rock An Enigma Explained
165
INTERLUDE LANDING ON MARS
171
Heartbreak in Hellespontus The Lost Site of the First Lander
173
Sorrow in Sirenum The Second Lander
180
FacetoFace with the Race to Space
182
Chryse Planitia The First Successful Landing
186
GraveltoGravel Coverage of the First Mars Landing
178
HESPERIAN MARS A TIME OF TRANSITION
178
Ancient Fires of Hesperia
178
Utopia Planitia Viking 2 in the Northern Plains
193
Yesterdays News
200
Martian Mountains A Bit of Continental Drift?
203
Ares Vallis A Riverbed on Arid Mars
205
Aram Chaos Melting the Ground Ice
219
Tharsis Land of Spectacular Volcanoes
273
Olmpus Mons Largest Volcano in the Solar System
285
The View from Orbit
296
Valles Marineris The Grandest Canyon of Them All
300
Cerberus Fossae An Incipient Valles Marineris?
308
Marte Vallis Recent Floodwaters?
315
Cydonia and the Face on Mars
322
Promethei Terra Mysteries of Melting Mountains
330
Hillside Gullies The Wet Planet Mars
339
Martian Gullies in iceland
352
Inca City
354
A Cluster of Craters
359
Crater Clusters Computers and Cafe
364
Land of Dust Devils
368
The Most Majestic Dune Field
374
Polar Caps A Tale of Two Ices
381
WHERE DO WE COME FROM WHERE ARE WE GOING?
395
Questions That Lead to the Future
397
Working with The Real Martian Chronicler
414
My Friend From Mars
423
Glossary
427
Selected Sources and Additional Reading About Mars
432
Index
435
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William K. Hartmann is the author, most recently, of A Traveler's Guide to Mars and co-author of Out of the Cradle. He is an internationally known scientist, writer, and painter, and winner of the first Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society. He has an asteroid--#3341--named after him. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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