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Exploring Space, Exploring Earth: New Understanding of the Earth from Space Research [Paperback]

Paul D. Lowman Jr , Neil A. Armstrong
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August 26, 2002 0521890624 978-0521890625 1
This book describes the impact of space flight on geology and geophysics, beginning with a foreword by Neil Armstrong, which illustrates how the exploration of space has lead us to a far deeper understanding of our own planet. Direct results from Earth-orbital missions include studies of Earth's gravity and magnetic fields. In contrast, the recognition of the economic and biological significance of impact craters on Earth is an indirect consequence of the study of the geology of other planets. The final chapter presents a new theory for the tectonic evolution of the Earth based on comparative planetology and the Gaia concept.

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Paul Lowman, a NASA scientist for over 40 years, describes how space exploration has provided new insights into the geology and geophysics of the Earth. A foreword by Neil Armstrong emphasizes that the exploration of space has lead us to a far deeper understanding of our own planet. Well illustrated with an extensive bibliography and technical glossary, this book is a valuable summary of research for geologists and geophysicists. It will serve as a supplementary text for students of tectonics, remote sensing and planetary science.

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  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (August 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521890624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521890625
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,990,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable for accessible and detailed coverage May 30, 2006
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Major issues about the Earth are approached from various lines of evidence. This study is unusual in that the author sees the Earth not alone, but in its place among other planets of the Solar System. Information from space studies is an integral part of the rigorous yet clear presentation. The illustrations alone are worth serious study.
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