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This completely rewritten new edition begins with a historical perspective of the place of the solar system in the universe. Evidence from meteorites is used to describe how the planets were formed and the giant planets are considered in the light of the discovery of new extrasolar giants. Other chapters discuss satellites, comets, centaurs, asteroids and why Pluto is not a planet. Explanations on why Earth and Venus turned out so differently, and how Mars and Mercury are the survivors of many similar bodies, are also discussed.

Synopsis:

This book describes the origin and evolution of the solar system, with an emphasis on interpretation.

About the Author

Ross Taylor took degrees in chemistry and geology. He is Emeritus Professor and Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Prologue; 1. A brief history; 2. The universe; 3. Stars; 4. The solar nebula; 5. Composition and chemical evolution of the nebula; 6. The evidence from meteorites; 7. Building planets; 8. The giant planets; 9. Satellites and rings; 10. The refugees; 11. The survivors: Mercury and Mars; 12. The twins: Venus and the Earth; 13. The Moon; 14. The role of impacts; 15. Epilogue: on the difficulty of making Earth-like planets; Subject index; Author index.

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ISBN:
9780521675666
Author:
Taylor, Stuart Ross
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Stuart Ross, Taylor
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Subject:
Astronomy - Solar System
Subject:
Solar system
Subject:
Earth Sciences - General
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Astronomy
Edition Number:
2
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Publication Date:
20050531
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Language:
English
Illustrations:
172 b/w illus. 39 tables
Pages:
488
Dimensions:
7.44x9.68x.98 in. 1.90 lbs.

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