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The goals of this course are to give the student a thorough understanding of geologic processes operating on planetary bodies and how they have shaped the geologic history of solar system bodies. We will explore how a variety of geologic processes, such as impact cratering, volcanism, tectonics, fluvial and atmospheric, shape planetary landscapes. Interspaced with these lectures we will review the geologic history of solar system bodies and processes unique to these individual bodies.
- Course syllabus and topics covered are discussed here.
- Lectures for spring 2012 start on Jan 12th in Rm 312 of the Kuiper building, and continue Tuesday and Thursday 12.30-1:45pm.
- Office hours Thursday 1-4pm, room 524
- Planetary Surface Processes by H.J. Melosh 2011.
Other Generally Recommended Texts
- The new solar system 4th edition, edited by Beatty, Peterson and Chailin
- Planetary Sciences, 2nd edition by de Pater and Lissauer
- Encyclopedia of the Solar System 2nd edition, edited by McFadden, Weissman and Johnson
- Physics and Chemistry of the Solar System 2nd edition, by Lewis