Comparative Planetology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125613408, 9781483270029

Comparative Planetology

1st Edition

Editors: Cyril Ponnamperuma
eBook ISBN: 9781483270029
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1978
Page Count: 286
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Comparative Planetology discusses the results of data obtained from the Viking mission to Mars along with other data from other planetary missions. The book considers the many aspects of the evolution of the solar system in a comparative fashion. The interiors of planets, crustal evolution, the origin of planetary atmospheres, and the question of the origin of life are discussed using the gathered information. Astronomers, geologists, chemists, and biologists will find the book an interesting read.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


1 The Nature and Origin of Life

2 The Viking Biological Investigation Preliminary Results

3 The Current Status of Speculations on the Composition of the Core of the Earth

4 Comparative Planetology and the Origin of Continents

5 Origin of the Earth's Ocean Basins: Implications for the Development of Extraterrestrial Life

6 A Stratigraphic Approach to the Evolution of the Lunar Crust

7 Atmospheric Evolution on the Inner Planets

8 The Evolution of HgO and CO2 on Earth and Mars

9 The Atmosphere of Mars: Detection of Krypton and Xenon

10 Composition of the Atmosphere at the Surface of Mars. Detection of Argon-36 and Preliminary Analysis

11 Search for Organic and Volatile Inorganic Compounds in Two Surface Samples from the Chryse Planitia Region of Mars

12 The Atmosphere of Mars near the Surface: Isotope Ratios and Upper Limits on Noble Gases

13 Water in the Martian Regolith

14 An Outline of Biological Evolution Based on Macromolecular Sequences

15 Molecular Fossils from the Precambrian Nonesuch Shale

16 Microorganisms Preserved in Cherty Stromatolitic Dolomite of the Mwashya Group from N'Guba, Mulungwishi, and Shituru Localities, Shaba, Zaire, Central Africa



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