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Planetary Tectonism across the Solar System - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128160923

Planetary Tectonism across the Solar System, Volume 2

1st Edition

Editors: Christian Klimczak Geoffrey Collins Paul Byrne
Paperback ISBN: 9780128160923
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st October 2021
Page Count: 400
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Tectonic Landforms Across the Solar System
3. Planetary Geomechanics
4. Tectonics Caused by Surface Loads
5. Tectonic-Magmatic Interaction
6. Formation and Tectonic Modification of Impact Craters
7. Convection-driven Tectonics
8. Tectonics Caused by Changes in Planetary Volume
9. Tectonics Caused by Changes in Figure
10. Synthesis and Outlook


Planetary Tectonism across the Solar System, Volume Two in the Comparative Planetology series, addresses key questions surrounding planetary tectonism, such our understanding of the global contraction of Mercury, the formation of giant rift zones on Saturn’s icy moons, or the tesserated terrain on Venus. It makes connections to Earth, such as how deformation on Mercury is both similar and different, and how to apply theoretical considerations behind plate tectonics on Earth to other planets. The book offers an up-to-date, accessible and comprehensive discussion of the major tectonic processes and landforms that shape and drive the evolution of planets, moons and smaller bodies.

By placing a singular emphasis on comparing tectonic processes and landforms on all relevant Solar System bodies, with the explicit objective of providing a systems-level understanding of this widespread phenomenon, this book is ideal for anyone studying planetary tectonism.

Key Features

  • Includes an introduction that places the book in the context of the larger Comparative Planetology series
  • Compares tectonic processes on all relevant Solar System bodies, providing a systems-level understanding of this widespread phenomenon that shapes and drives the evolution of planets, moons and smaller bodies
  • Features over 100 color illustrations and charts to better convey concepts
  • Offers additional online content, including figures, animations, videos and interviews with contributing authors


Planetary Scientists, Geologists, Geophysicists, seismologists, structural geologists, remote sensing specialists. Also, third-level (i.e., college/university) educators delivering terrestrial and/or planetary tectonism materials to undergraduate students at first- and second-year levels


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About the Editors

Christian Klimczak

Christian Klimczak is Assistant Professor of structural geology in the Department of Geology at the University of Georgia. He is an expert in rock and fracture mechanics applied to deformation properties of rock and lithospheres, as well as fault mechanics on Earth and other terrestrial planetary bodies, with approaches taken from field work, remote sensing, and modelling.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, University of Georgia - Athens, GA, USA

Geoffrey Collins

Geoffrey Collins is a Professor at Wheaton College and a planetary scientist using the tools of geology, geophysics, and remote sensing to learn about the other planets in our solar system. He is primarily interested in geological processes on the icy satellites of the outer solar system, and he has been involved with various NASA projects such as the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Cassini mission to Saturn. He has also spent time researching geological processes on Europa, Enceladus, Dione, Titan, Venus, Triton, and Pluto, among others. He teaches a diverse set of courses, including Geology, The Solar System, Remote Sensing, Astrobiology, and Geophysics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Geology, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, USA

Paul Byrne

Paul Byrne is a planetary geologist with expertise in the study of tectonic and volcanic systems on silicate planets and icy moons, and Assistant Professor of structural and planetary geology in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University. He has published on physical volcanology, tectonism, and volcanotectonic deformation on Mercury, Mars, Earth, the Moon, and the icy moons of Saturn.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC, USA