Research into the geological processes operating on Mars relies on interpretation of images and other data returned by unmanned orbiters, probes and landers. Such interpretations are based on our knowledge of processes occurring on Earth Terrestrial analog studies therefore play an important role in understanding the geological features observed on Mars. This 2007 book presents direct comparisons between locales on Earth and Mars, and contains contributions from leading planetary geologists to demonstrate the parallels and differences between these two neighboring planets. Mars is characterized by a wide range of geological phenomena that also occur on Earth, including tectonic, volcanic, impact cratering, eolian, fluvial, glacial and possibly lacustrine and marine processes. The book provides terrestrial analogs for data sets from Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, Mars Exploration Rovers and Mars Express, and will therefore be a key reference for students and researchers of planetary science.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 484
Weight: 770 g
Dimensions: 244 x 170 x 25 mm
Review of the hardback: 'This book ... will have wide appeal for planetary geologists. ... it stresses the value of Earth-based comparisons in the understanding of images returned from the Red Planet. ... The book is very well illustrated and contains a selection of colour plates. ... As the prospect of a manned mission to Mars continues to recede, this book should prove to be of special importance for some time to come.' The Observatory
Review of the hardback: 'A thought-provoking book - highly recommended.' Journal of Geological Magazine