Exploring Venus as a Terrestrial Planet

Exploring Venus as a Terrestrial Planet

Editor(s): Larry W. Esposito, Ellen R. Stofan, Thomas E. Cravens

Published Online: 19 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9780875904412

Online ISBN: 9781118666227

DOI: 10.1029/GM176

About this Book

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 176.

With the search for extra-solar planets in full gear, it has become essential to gain a more detailed understanding of the evolution of the other earth-like planets in our own solar system. Space missions to Venus, including the Soviet Veneras, Pioneer Venus, and Magellan, provided a wealth of information about this planet' enigmatic surface and atmosphere, but left many fundamental questions about its origin and evolution unanswered.

This book discusses how the study of Venus will aid our understanding of terrestrial and extra-solar planet evolution, with particular reference to surface and interior processes, atmospheric circulation, chemistry, and aeronomy. Incorporating results from the recent European Venus Express mission, Exploring Venus as a Terrestrial Planet examines the open questions and relates them to Earth and other terrestrial planets. The goal is to stimulate thinking about those broader issues as the new Venus data arrive.

Table of contents

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    2. Tectonic and Thermal Evolution of Venus and the Role of Volatiles: Implications for Understanding the Terrestrial Planets (pages 45–71)

      Suzanne E. Smrekar, Linda Elkins-Tanton, Johannes J. Leitner, Adrian Lenardic, Steve Mackwell, Louis Moresi, Christophe Sotin and Ellen R. Stofan

    3. Venus Atmosphere Dynamics: A Continuing Enigma (pages 101–120)

      G. Schubert, S. W. Bougher, C. C. Covey, A. D. Del Genio, A. S. Grossman, J. L. Hollingsworth, S. S. Limaye and R. E. Young

    4. Radiation in the Atmosphere of Venus (pages 121–138)

      Dmitry V. Titov, Mark A. Bullock, David Crisp, Nilton O. Renno, Fredric W. Taylor and Ljudmilla V. Zasova

    5. Experiencing Venus: Clues to the Origin, Evolution, and Chemistry of Terrestrial Planets Via In-Situ Exploration of Our Sister World (pages 171–189)

      Kevin H. Baines, Sushil K. Atreya, Robert W. Carlson, David Crisp, David Grinspoon, Christopher T. Russell, Gerald Schubert and Kevin Zahnle