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The Volcanoes of Mars - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128228760

The Volcanoes of Mars

1st Edition

Authors: James Zimbelman Jacob Bleacher David Crown W.Brent Garry
Paperback ISBN: 9780128228760
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st December 2020
Page Count: 300
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The Volcanoes of Mars offers a clear, cohesive summary of Mars' volcanology. Beginning with the volcanic history of the Red Planet, each distinct volcanic province is discussed, including the identification of the common and unique aspects of each region. Incorporating basic geomorphological information and constraints on the regional geologic history derived from geologic mapping, the book also examines current constraints on the composition of the volcanic rocks as investigated by both orbiting spacecraft and rovers. Additionally, it compares the features of Martian volcanoes to those seen on other volcanic bodies.

Concluding with prospects for new knowledge to be gained from future Mars missions, the book brings researchers in volcanology and the study of Mars up-to-date on the latest findings in the study of volcanoes on Mars, allowing the reader to compare and contrast Martian volcanoes to volcanoes studied on Earth and throughout the solar system.

Key Features

  • Clearly organized with text and figures that will quickly allow the reader to find a specific aspect of Martian volcanology
  • Includes definitions of geological and volcanological terms throughout to aid interdisciplinary understanding
  • Summarizes key results for each region of Mars and offers recommendations for key literature to facilitate further discovery
  • Synthesizes the most current data from multiple spacecraft missions, including the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
  • Utilizes published geologic mapping results to establish the context in which volcanic centers can best be evaluated


Advanced undergraduate to beginning graduate students and researchers studying Mars and volcanology (including Earth Science)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Welcome to Mars!
2. Aerography
3. The Tharsis Province
4. The Elysium Province
5. Circum-Hellas Province
6. Syrtis Major and Highland Paterae
7. Medusae Fossae Formation and the Northern Lowlands
8. Composition and Modeling
9. Lava Worlds
10. What’s Next?


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About the Authors

James Zimbelman

James R. Zimbelman is a geologist at the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies in the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institution, where he studies planetary geology including the geologic analysis of remote sensing data of Mars, geologic mapping of Mars and Venus, the study of long lava flows on the terrestrial planets, and field studies of volcanic, aeolian and pluvial features. In 2013 he received the Ronal Greeley Award for Distinguished Service from the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America. He has served as Secretary of the American Geophysical Union’s Planetary Sciences section and chair of the NASM Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Geologist, Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, Smithsonian Institution, USA

Jacob Bleacher

Jacob E. Bleacher is a Research Geophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where his research interest is the geologic development of planetary volcanic provinces and their subsequent modification and hazard potential through a combination of terrestrial field studies and spacecraft data analysis. His current research combines field work, geomorphology, volcanology, planetary geology, and remote sensing. Bleacher focuses on visualization and characterization of evolving geologic terrains by integrating field and remotely sensed data within GIS-based mapping projects. He is currently combining his expertise in field and planetary geology to help build and test the science capabilities of NASA’s newest instrument, suit and rover technologies. He is currently the Field Geology Lead for NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute team Remote In Situ and Synchrotron Studies for Science (RIS4E). He was a co-founder of the Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers group. In 2015 he received the NASA SSERVI Susan Mahan Niebur Award, for early career contributions to Science and Exploration.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Geophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA

David Crown

David A. Crown is Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, where he has also served as Assistant Director from 2006-2014. His research interests include planetary geology, physical volcanology, and remote sensing; use of spacecraft and airborne remote sensing data for geologic analyses of planetary surface features and processes; geologic mapping of Mars, Venus, Io, and Ceres; field investigations of volcanic deposits; and development/application of emplacement models for geologic flows.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Scientist, Planetary Science Institute, USA

W.Brent Garry

W. Brent Garry is a Research Geophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where he studies volcanism in the Solar System with a focus on Earth, the Moon, and Mars. His research projects involve the study of terrestrial analogs that he compares to volcanic features on other planetary bodies to better understand their eruption processes and geologic history. Dr. Garry has lead and conducted field projects in Hawaii, New Mexico, Idaho, Oregon, Belize, and Iceland since 2001. He also served as a Participating Scientist on NASA’s Dawn and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) missions. As a postdoctoral fellow, he received the Pegrum Award for Excellence in Research at the University of Buffalo.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Geophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA

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