PTYS 554
Evolution of Planetary Surfaces

Shane Byrne — 626-0407 — 524 Kuiper Building


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Planetary surfaces sit at the interface between the planet's atmosphere and interior and are also often exposed to exogenic processes like impacts and space-weathering. This makes them very complex to understand, but also rich historical archives that record changing conditions on that planet over the course of solar system history.

In this class, we will explore how a variety of geologic processes, such as impact cratering, volcanism, tectonics, fluvial and atmospheric, shape planetary landscapes.

General Info

  • Course syllabus and topics covered are discussed here.
  • Lectures for Fall 2013 take place in Rm 312 of the Kuiper building, Tuesday and Thursday 2-3.15pm.
  • Office hours after lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • First lecture at 2pm on Tuesday, August 27th.
  • Class fieldtrip is October 4th to 6th.

The background image is of Phoebe, a moon of Saturn. It was acquired by the Cassini spacecraft in June of 2004. See here for the original image and more info.