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Chemistry of the Solar System Authors: Katharina Lodders, Bruce Fegley, Jr


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This book is an appealing, concise, and factual account of the chemistry of the solar system. It includes basic facts about the chemical composition of the different bodies in the solar system, the major chemical processes involved in the formation of the Sun, planets, and small objects, and the chemical processes that determine their current chemical make-up. The book summarizes compositional data but focuses on the chemical processes and where relevant, it also emphasizes comparative planetology. There are numerous informative summary tables which illustrate the similarities (or differences) that help the reader to understand the processes described. Data is presented in graphical form which is useful for identifying common features of the major processes that determine the current chemical state of the planets. The book will interest general readers with a background in chemistry who will enjoy reading about the chemical diversity of the solar system's objects. It will serve as an introductory textbook for graduate classes in planetary sciences but will also be very popular with professional researchers in academia and government, college professors, and postgraduate fellows.

Book content

  • The Elements in the Solar System
  • Meteorites
  • The Solar Nebula
  • The Bodies in the Inner Solar System
  • Terrestrial Atmospheric Chemistry
  • The Greenhouse Effect and Biogeochemical Cycles on Earth
  • The Outer Solar System
  • Appendix A Table Abundances of Nuclides in the Solar System
  • Appendix B Table of Average Element Concentrations in Major Chondritic Meteorite Groups
  • Appendix C Review of Chemical Kinetics
  • Subject Index

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This book contains 496 pages.

Publication details

Print publication date: 14 Dec 2010
Copyright year: 2011
Print ISBN: 978-0-85404-128-2
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Author information

Katharina Lodders is Research Professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA. She is senior author with Dr. Fegley of The Planetary Scientist's Companion (Oxford University Press, 1998) and the author (or co-author) of over 80 refereed publications in scientific journals and books. Her experimental and theoretical research focuses on topics in cosmochemistry, planetary science, and astronomy. Bruce Fegley, Jr., is Professor of Planetary Sciences in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA. He is junior author with Dr. Lodders of The Planetary Scientist's Companion (Oxford University Press, 1998) and is senior author of Practical Chemical Thermodynamics for Geoscientists (Academic-Elsevier, scheduled for 2008) with Ms. Rose Osborne. He is the author (or co-author) of over 120 refereed publications in scientific journals and books. At present and over the past 16 years he has taught several advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses in geochemistry and planetary science including "Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria," "Planetary Geochemistry," and "Earth System Science." Dr.Fegley received his S.B. in Chemistry and PhD. in Geochemistry at MIT and has 25 years of experience in geochemistry, cosmochemistry and planetary science.