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The Geology of the Terrestrial Planets
By Michael H. Carr (editor), R. Stephen Saunders, Robert G. Strom, Don E. Wilhelms
NASA SP-469

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Chapter

    Foreword
1. Introduction

2. Asteroids, Comets, and Planet Formation

    Introduction
    Asteroids and Comets
    Meteorites
    Formation of the Planets

    3. Mercury

    Introduction
    General Surface Characteristics
    Craters and Basins
    Major Surface Units
    Tectonics
    Surface History and Thermal Evolution
    Discussion
    Acknowledgements

4. Venus

    Introduction
    Early Telescopic Observations
    Orbital and Rotational Motion
    Earth-Based Radar Observations of the Surface
    Spacecraft Observations
    Constraints on the Composition of Venus
    Venera Lander Results
    Eolian Erosion and Transport
    Chemical Weathering
    Global Topography and Surface Roughness
    Surface Roughness
    Bright Radar Rings
    Gravity
    Plate Tectonics on Venus
    Acknowledgments

5. Earth

    Introduction
    General Properties
    Plate Tectonics
    The Interior of Earth
    Formation of Earth
    The Archean
    The Proterozoic
    Evolution of the Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
    Summary
    Acknowledgments

6. Moon

    Introduction
    Craters
    Basins
    Terra Breccias
    Maris
    Mare Basalts
    Tectonism
    Geologic History
    Acknowledgements

7. Mars

    Introduction
    General Properties of the Surface
    The View from the Viking Landers
    The Atmosphere and Surface Volatiles
    Craters and Crater Ages
    Densely Cratered Terrain
    Sparsely Cratered Plains
    Volcanoes
    The Tharsis Bulge
    Canyons
    Channels and Valleys
    Wind
    The Poles
    Conclusions
    Acknowledgements

8. Summary

Impact Cratering
Volcanism
Tectonics
Interaction with the Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
Planetary Evolution

Appendix:. Maps of the Terrestrial Planets
References
Index


 

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