Planetary Landscapes
  

Planetary Landscapes

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Greeley, a prominent planetary geologist, has assembled an impressive collection of black-and-white images of planetary and satellite surfaces, accompanied by a lucid explanatory text on the various geomorphic processes responsible for shaping these surfaces. Intended mainly for Earth scientists, planetary scientists, and astromomers, the book will also appeal to others seeking a better understanding of the results of space missions to the Moon and the planets. The lack of any color imagery detracts somewhat from the book's appeal. Reminiscent in some ways of W.K. Hartmann's planetary geology textbook Moon and Planets (Wadsworth, 1983), Greeley's book focuses more narrowly on planetary surfaces. Thomas E. Margrave, formerly with Physics & Astronomy Dept., Univ. of Montana, Missoula
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This introduction to planetary geology concentrates on the surface features of the planets and satellites of our Solar System. The author first discusses the primary processes that shape our planet, Earth, and the geomorphology of the objects in the Solar System. The second edition includes new information about Venus and a new chapter on Neptune. The book is beautifully illustrated with high-resolution black-and-white photographs from recent space probes and orbiting spacecraft, and with explanatory diagrams. Each chapter starts with a description of the general physiography and terrain units, then the geomorphic processes that created them are discussed. Finally a synopsis of the geologic evolution of the surface is given. The selected references at the end include original papers, review articles and books. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introductory book on planetary geology March 16, 1997
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This book is written by a world class planetary geologist. In it, he has done an excellent job of bringing together the diverse threads of the planetary geology. The book is written on an introductory level, and so the language is not so technical that a novice cannot follow it. However, it might be helpful for the reader who has no background to read another introductory text first (this would then act as an 'upper level' introductory text). The book is strewn with quarter to full page photographs from the various space missions to the planets--and indeed, it is the best illustrated introductory text available. The author does provide a good overview of all the geological processes and imaging technology in his initial chapters, which is then followed by his descriptions of the planets. Overall, this text gets a very good recommendation, and readers will find themselves engrossed in the spectacular photography for hours on end
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review February 24, 2009
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Took a little longer than expected to get this book. Also, it was sold under "very good" condition, though it was only in "good." I did get $5 refund for the incorrectly labeled condition. Overall, I'm satisfied with this purchase.
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