- Hardcover: 119 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 2013 edition (July 19, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1461474728
- ISBN-13: 978-1461474722
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Space artist and science writer Carroll (The Seventh Landing, CH, Feb’10, 47-3129) and research scientist Lopes (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech) provide an overview of fluids in Earth’s solar system and possibly elsewhere. … Summing Up: Recommended. General readers.” (N. W. Hinman, Choice, Vol. 51 (9), May, 2014)
“The slender volume contains essays by many active planetary scientists who also happen to be excellent writers … . they each deliver an up-to-date yet concise and accessible summary of the state of planetary science for each different kind of world in the solar system. … the volume is abundantly illustrated with both well-selected photos and lots of artworks by Michael Carroll … . This is an excellent gift book for the space enthusiast in your life, or even for a science-obsessed high school student.” (Emily Lakdawalla, The Planetary Society - Emily’s Blog planetary.org, December, 2013)
“Through beautifully-written essays by some of the most knowledgeable scientists in the field … this book takes us by the hand, lifts us off the Earth, takes us to the edges of those alien seas, sits us down on their beaches, and tells us their stories. … this book would be worth buying. … this book’s publication is very timely, and offers readers a great opportunity to ‘catch up’ with the state of this area of planetary science. … Get it. You’ll love it.” (Cumbrian Sky, cumbriansky.wordpress.com, December, 2013)
“Lopes and Carroll have done a masterful job of melding chapters that feature contributions by themselves along with other leading scientists and planetary researchers. … this book is a treasure trove of information. … volume contains 105 illustrations, with 60 illustrations in color, including new artwork by the talented Michael Carroll that depicts alien seas as well as the latest ground-based and spacecraft images. You’ll find a wonderful read here … with the text punctuated by original diagrams that detail planetary oceans and related processes.” (Spacecoalition.com, December, 2013)
From the Back Cover
In the early days of planetary observation, oceans were thought to exist in all corners of the Solar System. Carbonated seas percolated beneath the clouds of Venus. Features on the Moon's surface were given names such as "the Bay of Rainbows” and the "Ocean of Storms." With the advent of modern telescopes and spacecraft exploration these ancient concepts of planetary seas have been replaced by the reality of something even more exotic.
Alien Seas serves up the current research, past beliefs, and new theories to offer a rich array of the "seas" on other worlds. It is organized by location and by the material composing the oceans under discussion, with expert authors penning chapters on their specialty. Each chapter features new original art depicting alien seas, as well as the latest ground-based and spacecraft images. With the contributors as guides, readers can explore the wild seas of Jupiter's watery satellite Europa, believed similar in composition to battery acid. Saturn's planet-sized moon Titan seems to be subject to methane or ethane rainfall that become vast lakes and, perhaps, seasonal oceans. Titan and Mars have seas of sand, large shifting dunes covering huge plains, while Venus may have ‘oceans’ of frozen lava. The possibilities are excitingly endless and ripe for exploration.
Christopher P. McKay
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The authors have brought together experts on each planet and several large moons to contribute chapters on the seas that are and the seas that might have been. James Cameron provides a fitting Forward, with personal and fascinating descriptions of his first-ever forays into the deepest part of Earth's ocean, the Challenger Deep.
But a sea is a sea if it is liquid, or fluid. For Earth, it is water; for Titan, it is closest to what we would call liquefied natural gas, almost as cold as liquid nitrogen. For volcanic bodies, which are in abundance, it has been the molten rock forming lava lakes and ponds. For Mars, and even Earth and Titan, it is also vast "seas of sand" in deserts, forming dunes reminiscent of waves, many of which march onward, flowing around obstacles in their path.
The chapters are somewhat uneven in the technical depth versus imaginative speculations that are presented, a reflection of the personal choices of its various authors, who must walk the line between fact and conjecture to maintain their scientific integrity. Nowhere else, however, can a reader find this information without it being strongly slanted in one direction or the other. And nowhere else can be found the wonderful collection of space art paintings of seas on other worlds.
I highly recommend this book for those who are intrigued by space exploration, including the planets we are only beginning to discover around other stars. Whether amateur explorer, young student, or even the professional, "Alien Seas" provides a fascinating introduction to what these bodies can be and have been, so different from the cratered, rocky, and barren surfaces that have been so often the hallmark that we know them by.