Chapter 3. The Surfaces of the Planets

  1. Stephen Eales

Published Online: 23 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470721780.ch3

Planets and Planetary Systems

Planets and Planetary Systems

How to Cite

Eales, S. (2009) The Surfaces of the Planets, in Planets and Planetary Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470721780.ch3

Author Information

  1. School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470016923

Online ISBN: 9780470721780



  • surfaces of planets;
  • mineral classes;
  • surfaces of other planets - based on images of orbiting spacecraft;
  • Earth geological structures - local ones and structures covering whole surface;
  • super-continent proposed by Wegener;
  • magnetic striping near mid-ocean ridge;
  • tectonic plate floating in asthenosphere;
  • encounter of oceanic and continental plate;
  • crater counting;
  • Mars rovers on Mars Express - panoramic view of geology of planet Mars


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Rocks

  • Geological structures

  • Crater counting

  • Mercury and Venus

  • A tourist's guide to Mars

  • Recent research on Mars

  • Exercises

  • Further Reading and Web Sites