Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 December 1999

264 Pages | 107 halftones, 9 line illus

7-1/2 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9780195125559

Bookseller Code (06)


Satellites of the Outer Planets

Worlds in Their Own Right

Second Edition

David A. Rothery

Extensively revised and updated, this new edition of David A. Rothery's acclaimed geological guide to the outer solar system includes results and close-up color and black and white images from the 1995-1999 Galileo mission to Jupiter and from the Voyager space probe. Rothery, a noted planetary scientist, explains the geological aspects of the major satellites of the outer planets, from Jupiter to Neptune to the Pluto-Charon system. In particular he shows how tectonic and volcanic processes, driven by heat from within, have shaped the rigid outer layers of these bodies. Rothery also discusses the similarities and differences among these bodies, and reveals how they resemble Earth-like planets. This fascinating book is written in an introductory style ideal for first- or second-year college courses. Amateur geologists and astronomers will also find its insights rewarding.