Fall 2011 Department News

Melosh Planetary Surfaces textbook published

Jay Melosh forwarded notice that his long-anticipated textbook, Planetary Surface Processes, has been published by Cambridge University Press.

Jay writes, "As many of you know, I have been talking about writing up the content of my Surfaces class for years (a decade?) and, with a long hard push to finish the writing last year, it is now a reality. Many of you will recognize some of the figures (which have been prepared for the book by LPL's own Virginia Pasek), equations and some of the stories about science in this book."

The book's dedication reads: "This book is dedicated to the students and colleagues who participated in my class PTYS 554, Planetary Surfaces, and PTYS 594, Planetary Field Geology Practicum, at the Lunar and Planetary Lab of the University of Arizona and at Caltech and Stony Brook before that. In the years stretching from 1976 to 2009 and from the classroom to campfires in unearthly landscapes under star-studded skies, we all learned together."

Congratulations to Jay!