Volume 33. Planets and Their Atmospheres

1st Edition

Origins and Evolution


  • William L. Donn
  • John Lewis
  • Ronald Prinn
  • Planets and Their Atmospheres

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    This work is addressed to advanced undergraduate and graduate students in astronomy, geology, chemistry, meteorology, and the planetary sciences as well as to researchers with pertinent areas of specialization who desire an introduction to the literature across the broad interdisciplinary range of this important topic. Extensive references to the pre-spacecraft literature will be particularly useful to readers interested in the historical development of the field during this century.


    Upper-division undergraduate or graduate student in the study of geology, astronomy, chemistry, physics, and meteorology.

    Table of Contents

    Preface. Introduction. Retention of Volatiles by Planets. Evolutionary Processes. The Atmospheres of the Planets. Conclusions. References. Index.


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    About the editors

    John Lewis

    John S. Lewis is Professor of Planetary Sciences and Co-Director of the Space Engineering Research Center of the University of Arizona, has concentrated in recent years on the material and energy resources of nearby space and on the hazards and opportunities presented to mankind by the Near-Earth Asteroids. He is a former Professor of Planetary Sciences and Chemistry at MIT and a Visiting Professor at Cal Tech. He has served as Chairman of a number of international conferences on space science and space development. His contributions to planetary science include the first prediction of coloring matter in the atmosphere of Jupiter. He is also the author of several popular science books, including Rain of Iron and Ice, a popular account of the impact hazard, and Mining the Sky, a survey of resource opportunities in space and their relevance to economic, resource, and environmental issues on Earth. He is also the editor of a 1000-page technical volume, Resources of Near-Earth Space. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of American Rocket Company, and is presently an advisor to the Space Development Corporation's Near-Earth Asteroid Prospector (NEAP) mission.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    University of Arizona, Tucson, U.S.A.

    Ronald Prinn

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology