An Introduction to the Solar System

McBride, Neil and Gilmour, Iain eds. (2004). An Introduction to the Solar System. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.



A textbook has designed for introductory university courses in planetary science. It starts with a tour of the Solar System and an overview of its formation. The composition, internal structure, surface morphology and atmospheres of the terrestrial planets are then described. This leads naturally to a discussion of the giant planets and why they are compositionally different. Minor bodies are reviewed and the book concludes with a discussion of the origin of the Solar System and the evidence from meteorites.

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