Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

A text for planetary geology



In this article I review my findings from a search for a suitable text to use in an introductory undergraduate course in planetary geology for nonscience students. I hope to elicit comments from others with a similar need.

The books from which I have drawn material for my course are listed below. I first used Hamblin and Christiansen [1991] as the required text but had to switch to a simpler one and chose Wagner's [1991] since it was the most recently published. Morrison and Owen's 1987 edition was considered, but it would have required too much additional material to bring it up to date. (It is scheduled for a new revision in September 1993). There are many excellent older books that are not listed here, including those in astronomy, which include planetary science in some chapters.