Geology and Habitability of Terrestrial Planets

Hardcover | November 28, 2007

EditorKathryn E. Fishbaugh, Phillipe LognonnéIntroduction byK.E. Fishbaugh

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Given the universal interest in whether extraterrestrial life has developed or could eventually develop, it is vital that an examination of planetary habitability go beyond simple assumptions. This book has resulted from a workshop at the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) which brought together experts to discuss the multi-faceted problem of how the habitability of a planet co-evolves with the geology of the surface and interior, the atmosphere, and the magnetosphere.

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Given the universal interest in whether extraterrestrial life has developed or could eventually develop, it is vital that an examination of planetary habitability go beyond simple assumptions. This book has resulted from a workshop at the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) which brought together experts to discuss the multi-f...

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Given the fundamental importance of and universal interest in whether extraterrestrial life has developed or could eventually develop in our solar system and beyond, it is vital that an examination of planetary habitability goes beyond simple assumptions such as, "Where there is water, there is life." This book has resulted from a work...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0 inPublished:November 28, 2007Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387742875

ISBN - 13:9780387742878

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Table of Contents

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Habitability.- Fundamental Requirements for Life.- Emergence of a Habitable Planet.- Creating Habitable Zones At All Scales, From Planets to Muds, on Earth and on Mars.- Conversation on the Habitability of Worlds: The Importance of Volatiles.- Water, Life, and Planetary Geodynamical Evolution.- Introduction to Chapter 6.- Chapter 6, Part 1: A Comparative Study of the Influence of the Active Young Sun on the Early Atmospheres of Earth, Mars, and Venus.- Chapter 6, Part 2: Planetary Magentic Fields and Solar Forcing: Implications for Atmospheric Evolution.- Chapter 6, Part 3: Planetary Magnetic Dynamo Effect on Atmospheric Protection of Early Earth and Mars.- EpilogueThe Origins of Life in the Solar System and Future Exploration.