Water Worlds in the Solar System

Water Worlds in the Solar System

1st Edition - December 5, 2022

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  • Author: Antony Joseph
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323957175

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Water Worlds in the Solar System: In Search of Habitable Environments and Life is a comprehensive reference on the formation, availability, habitability potential, and astrobiological implications of water in the Solar System. The book provides understanding of the importance of water on Earth to elucidate potential water and biosignature sources on other bodies in the Solar System. It covers processes involved in the formation of Earth and its Moon, genesis of water on those bodies, events on early Earth, and other processes that are applicable to celestial bodies in the Solar System, directly correlating data available on water on other bodies to over 15 Earth analogue sites. This book forms a comprehensive overview on water in the Solar System, from formation to biosignature and habitability considerations. It is ideal for academics, researchers and students working in the field of planetary science, extraterrestrial water research and habitability potential.

Key Features

  • Presents a comprehensive reference on water in the Solar System, developing readers’ understanding of the importance and occurrence of water on Earth and beyond, all from an oceanographer’s perspective
  • Contrasts terrestrial analogues in relation to their roles in understanding and exploring ocean worlds and habitability
  • Includes numerous figures, illustrations, tables and videos to help readers better understand concepts covered


Researchers, professionals, academics, graduate students, and undergraduates in Planetary science, extraterrestrial water research (oceanography, limnology, hydrology), and habitability potential Terrestrial oceanographers and aquatic scientists comparing other water worlds to Earth

Table of Contents

  • 1. Knowing Earth to Better Understand Extraterrestrial Worlds
    2. Terrestrial Analogues and Submarine Hydrothermal Vents - Their Roles in Exploring Ocean Worlds, Habitability, and Life beyond Earth
    3. Biosignatures - the Prime Targets in the Search for Life beyond Earth
    4. Significance of Earthly Extremophiles in the Search for Habitability beyond Earth
    5. Lunar Explorations: Discovering Water, Minerals, and Underground Caves and Tunnel Complexes - Hope for Human Settlement and Resource Exploitation?
    6. Liquid Water Lake Under Ice in Mars’s Southern Hemisphere - Possibility of Subsurface Biosphere and Life
    7. Could Near-Earth Watery Asteroid Ceres Be a Likely Ocean World and Habitable?
    8. Water on Near-Earth Asteroid Vesta - Past and Present
    9. An Ocean and Volcanic Seafloor Hiding Within Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa - Eruption of Water Vapour Plumes Near its South and North Poles
    10. Salty Ocean and Submarine Hydrothermal Vents on Saturn's Moon Enceladus - Tall Plume of Gas, Jets of Water Vapour and Organic-Enriched Ice Particles Spewing from its South Pole
    11. Hydrocarbon Lakes and Seas & Internal Ocean on Titan - Resemblance with Primitive Earth's Prebiotic Chemistry
    12. A Likely Ocean World Fostering a Rare Mixing of CO and N2 Ice Molecules on Neptune's Moon Triton
    13. Subsurface Ocean of Liquid Water on Pluto
    14. Hunting for Environments Favorable to Life on Planets, Moons, Dwarf Planets, and Meteorites

Product details

  • No. of pages: 500
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: December 5, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323957175

About the Author

Antony Joseph

Dr Antony Joseph has over 40 years’ experience in oceanography research on various aspects related to oceanographic sciences, ocean technologies, limnology, hydrology, meteorology, and surface meteorology technologies. He is currently retired but was Chief Scientist of the National Institute of Oceanography, India for 34 years where he conducted research in the areas of ocean currents, sea-level, and surface meteorological measurements. Dr Joseph has worked in numerous countries such as the UK, Norway, Portugal, France, Ghana, Singapore, Japan, South Africa, Russia, Australia, and USA on official capacity in connection with sea-level related research and operational activities. He has authored three Elsevier books: Tsunamis: Detection, Monitoring, and Early-Warning Technologies (2011); Measuring Ocean Currents: Tools, Technologies, and Data (2013); and Investigating Seafloors and Oceans: From Mud Volcanoes to Giant Squid (2016).

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly, Chief Scientist, CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, India

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