By Frédéric J. Pont
Planetary atmospheres are complicated and evolving entities, as mankind is swiftly coming to grasp while trying to comprehend, forecast and mitigate human-induced weather switch. within the sunlight procedure, our neighbours Venus and Mars offer impressive examples of 2 endpoints of planetary evolution, runaway greenhouse and lack of surroundings to space.
The number of extra-solar planets brings a much broader perspective to the difficulty: from hot "hot jupiters'' to ocean worlds, exo-atmospheres discover many configurations unknown within the sunlight process, akin to iron clouds, silicate rains, severe plate tectonics, and steam volcanoes. Exoplanetary atmospheres have lately develop into obtainable to observations.
This ebook places our personal weather within the wider context of the pains and tribulations of planetary atmospheres. according to state of the art examine, it makes use of a grand travel of the atmospheres of different planets to polish a brand new gentle on our personal surroundings, and its relation with life.
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