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Higher Than Everest: An Adventurer's Guide to the Solar System

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Tired of exploring planet Earth? Have you ever imagined what it would be like to explore the Moon? Ever wonder about the topography of Mars? In this unique guidebook all of your extraterrestrial wanderlust can be fulfilled as Paul Hodge takes you on a virtual tour of the most spectacular sites in the Solar System. Hodge includes the latest information about the Solar System into his vivid descriptions of imaginary, challenging expeditions. Imagine:
  • Descending into a fabulous canyon on Mars, one that dwarfs the Earth's Grand Canyon;
  • Trekking up Venus' precipitous and scorching Mt. Maxwell;
  • Journeying through the snows of Saturn's rings and the incredibly high, icy cliff of Miranda, the moon closest to Uranus. A compelling, extensively illustrated introduction to such otherworldly environments, Higher than Everest makes you believe that someday these adventures may actually take place. Paul Hodge is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington, Seattle, and Editor-in-Chief of the Astronomical Journal. Higher than Everest is based on a popular undergraduate course on the planets that he has taught for many years. Hodge's research has spanned from interplanetary dust to the extragalactic distance scale and currently includes star-formation and galactic evolution, using the Hubble Space Telescope to investigate nearby galaxies. He has written several books, most recently Meteorite Craters and Impact Structures of the Earth (Cambridge 1994).
  • Book News Annotation:

    Hodge (astronomy, U. of Washington) contributes an imaginative text based on his popular undergraduate course on the planets. His virtual tour takes students to exotic locations such as Mars' Mt. Olympus (much higher than Everest), the Moon's Alpine Valley, Venus' scorching Mt. Maxwell, the snows of Saturn's rings, and a high icy cliff on the smallest of Uranus' major moons. Along the way he discusses geologic phenomena, the extreme conditions that would be encountered on other planets, how a climber might tackle a Martian mountain, and other considerations of adventure space travel (like the best place to land on Io). He often includes illustrations of Earth's mountains for comparison.
    Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

    Synopsis:

    An exciting tour of the most spectacular sites in the Solar System, essential reading for armchair adventurers.

    Synopsis:

    In this unique guidebook Hodge hosts a virtual tour of the most spectacular sites in the Solar System. He includes the latest information about the Solar System in these vivid descriptions of imaginary, challenging expeditions.

    Synopsis:

    An exciting tour of the most spectacular sites in the Solar System, essential reading for armchair adventurers.

    About the Author

    Paul Hodge is Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington and Editor in Chief of the Astronomical Journal. For many years he has taught a popular undergraduate course on the planets, from which this book originated.

    Table of Contents

    Preface; 1. Higher than Everest; 2. Higher than that? - Other high peaks of Mars; 3. Descent into the Martian deep; 4. The cliffs of coprates; 5. A polar crossing; 6. The other Alps - climbing Mt. Blanc; 7. Pico peak - Monadnock of the moon; 8. The great Copernicus traverse; 9. Maxwell, mountains of mystery; 10. Volcanoes of Venus; 11. The cliff of discovery; 12. Descent into the maelstrom; 13. An Ionian adventure; 14. Mountain climbing in pizzaland; 15. Under the frozen sea; 16. Snowboarding through Saturn's rings; 17. Titan's tarry seas; 18. Climbing the cliff of Miranda; 19. The Yellowstone of the solar system; 20. All nine.

    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9780521651332
    Author:
    Hodge, Paul W.
    Publisher:
    Cambridge University Press
    Author:
    Hodge, Paul
    Author:
    Hodge, Paul W.
    Location:
    Cambridge
    Subject:
    Astronomy - Solar System
    Subject:
    Astronomy
    Subject:
    Planets
    Subject:
    Solar system
    Subject:
    Solar system Popular works.
    Subject:
    Astronomy - General
    Edition Number:
    1
    Edition Description:
    Hardback
    Series Volume:
    6
    Publication Date:
    20010831
    Binding:
    Hardcover
    Grade Level:
    College/higher education:
    Language:
    English
    Illustrations:
    8 line diagrams 1 half-tone 105 colo
    Pages:
    256
    Dimensions:
    9.94x7.60x.81 in. 1.98 lbs.

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