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Volume 9, Number 4
January 25, 2015

Editor: Melissa Lane
Co-Editors: Susan Benecchi, Mark V. Sykes
Email: pen_editor at psi.edu

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1. 2nd Symposium of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR): Water 
   and Life in the Universe
2. 41st Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research 
   (COSPAR) and Associated Events
3. Student Summer Internships at APL
4. AbSciCon Session I
5. AbSciCon Session II
6. IUGG Session: VS26 Volcanic Landscape Across the Solar System
7. Workshop on the Potential for Finding Life in a Europa Plume
8. Geomagnetics Postdoctoral Researcher
9. Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) Meeting
10. Workshop on “Venus Science Priorities for Laboratory Measurements 
    and Instrument Definition”
11. NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships
12. Postdoctoral Researcher: Mineralogy and Petrology of Planetary 
    Materials
13. Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships 2015
14. [NASA] Pre-proposal WEBEX/Teleconference: NASA STEM (EONS) and 
    MUREP STEM Engagement
15. Job Opportunity: STScI Research and Instrument Analysts
16. Call for Abstracts
17. 5th International Workshop on Lunar Surface Applications
18. 2014 Nininger Meteorite Award
19. Planetary Meeting Calendar Additions

Commercial Announcements

C1. Geological Society of London Special Publication 401
 
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2ND SYMPOSIUM OF THE COMMITTEE ON SPACE RESEARCH (COSPAR): WATER AND 
LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE

9 – 13 November 2015
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
 
For more information see:

http://cosparbrazil2015.org/
 
Abstract Deadline: 31 May 2015
 
Topics: 
- Space astronomy missions to detect ingredients for life and 
  exoplanets in the universe: status of current and future approved 
  missions and new proposals
- Water and life in the universe and on Earth: impact on human 
  consciousness and societies
- Satellite and probe missions for water remote sensing on Earth, 
  planets, and other celestial bodies
- Water and Life in the Solar System
- Water from chemical, biological, and physical perspectives
- Role of water from the ground to the upper atmosphere
- Astrobiology: habitability, synthesis of organics in ice, and 
  prebiotic chemistry in liquid water
- Water, organics and life support for human exploration in low Earth 
  orbit, the Moon and beyond
- Interdisciplinary lectures, keynote talks, public lectures
 
Selected papers published in Advances in Space Research and Life 
Sciences in Space Research, fully refereed journals with no deadlines 
open to all submissions in relevant fields.

Scientific Program Chair:                
Dr. Othon Winter, UNESP - São Paulo State University
cospar@cosparhq.cnes.fr


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41ST SCIENTIFIC ASSEMBLY OF THE COMMITTEE ON SPACE RESEARCH (COSPAR) 
AND ASSOCIATED EVENTS

COSPAR 2016
30 July – 7 August 2016
Istanbul, Turkey
 
http://www.cospar-assembly.org
 
Abstract Deadline:  Mid-February 2016
 
Topics: 
- SC A: The Earth's Surface, Meteorology and Climate
- SC B: The Earth-Moon System, Planets, and Small Bodies of the Solar 
  System
- SC C: The Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including 
  Reference Atmospheres
- SC D: Space Plasmas in the Solar System, Including Planetary 
  Magnetospheres
- SC E: Research in Astrophysics from Space
- SC F: Life Sciences as Related to Space
- SC G: Materials Sciences in Space
- SC H: Fundamental Physics in Space

Panels:
- Satellite Dynamics (PSD)
- Scientific Ballooning (PSB)
- Potentially Environmentally Detrimental Activities in Space (PEDAS)
- Radiation Belt Environment Modelling (PRBEM)
- Space Weather (PSW)
- Planetary Protection (PPP)
- Capacity Building (PCB)
- Education (PE)
- Exploration (PEX)
- Exoplanetary Exploration (PEPE)
- Special events: Interdisciplinary lectures, round table, etc.
 
Selected papers published in Advances in Space Research and Life 
Sciences in Space Research, fully refereed journals with no deadlines 
open to all submissions in relevant fields.
 
Scientific Program Chair:                
Prof. Ersin Gogus, Sabanci University
cospar@cosparhq.cnes.fr


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STUDENT SUMMER INTERNSHIPS AT APL

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is 
offering summer projects for students interested in working on NASA 
missions or space-related research opportunities at APL. Details are 
available at:

http://aplnasaintern.jhuapl.edu

The application deadline is February 28, 2015.


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ABSCICON SESSION I

Abstracts due March 4th

http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/abscicon2015/program/abstract_
submission/

Theme: How to Build a Habitable Planet
Session Topic: Beyond the Catastrophe: Impact Generated Environments 
and the Search for Life

Meteorite impacts create unique microbial niches that may have served 
as habitats on early Earth and are important astrobiological targets 
on other bodies such as Mars. Impact generated lithologies represent 
understudied habitats both for microbial colonization as well for the 
potential to preserve biological evidence. During the Late Heavy 
Bombardment (affecting the early inner Solar System), the impact flux 
on the inner planets was significantly higher. Intriguingly, the 
earliest evidence for life on Earth coincides with the end of LHB, 
thereby suggesting that impact events profoundly influenced the early 
evolution, if not origin, of life. Considering the ubiquity of impact 
events in the Solar System and the effect they have on the habitability 
of a planet, a better understanding of the biological potential of 
such environments has implications for current and future life-
detection missions. This session will explore the habitability of 
ancient and modern impact-generated substrates and environments, the 
possible effects on the origins and evolution of life, and the 
potential of such systems to preserve biosignatures.

Haley Sapers (haley.sapers@gmail.com) 
Alexandra Pontefract (apontefr@uwo.ca)

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ABSCICON SESSION II

Please join us for the session on “Determining the Origin and Nature 
of Prebiotic Species in Comets” at the upcoming AbSciCon meeting this 
summer, June 15-19 in Chicago, Illinois. This session invites 
contributions from comet observations at all wavelengths, 
investigating the inventory and origin of cometary organics. Abstract 
submission is now open (closes March 4), and details, as well as a 
list of other session topics, are available at the AbSciCon website:

http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/abscicon2015/

Theme: How to Build a Habitable Planet 
Session Title: Determining the Origin and Nature of Prebiotic Species 
in Comets

Summary: Sublimated molecular ice, silicate dust, and solid-state 
carbonaceous materials are the major components of cometary comae that 
can be studied by space- and ground-based observations, as well as by 
rendezvous missions. Multiple organic molecules are now routinely 
detected, including ethylene glycol and formamide, as well as a number 
of unidentified lines in bright comets that suggest that other 
organic/prebiotic molecules may be present and detectable in comets. 
This session invites contributions from comet observations at all 
wavelengths, investigating the inventory and origin of cometary 
organics.
 
Sincerely,
Stefanie Milam and Martin Cordiner


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IUGG SESSION: VS26 VOLCANIC LANDSCAPE ACROSS THE SOLAR SYSTEM

We would like to draw your attention to our session VS26 Volcanic 
Landscape Across the Solar System: From Field to Remote Sensing 
Analyses. This session will take place at the 26th IUGG General 
Assembly 2015, held in Prague (Czech Republic) from 22 June - 2 July 
2015.

This session aims to provide a forum for Earth and planetary 
scientists. We welcome your contributions concerning volcanic processes 
on Earth and other planetary bodies. A detailed session description is 
given at:

http://www.iugg2015prague.com/iavcei-symposia.htm

Invited speakers are:
Violaine Sautter (Laboratoire Minéralogie–Pétrologie, Museum National 
  d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France)
Michael Manga (University California, Berkeley, USA)

The abstract submission deadline January 31, 2015.


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WORKSHOP ON THE POTENTIAL FOR FINDING LIFE IN A EUROPA PLUME

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
NASA ARC
Building 152
Moffett Field, California

Convened by the Planetary Science Division
NASA Headquarters
Washington, DC

Hosted by
NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI)
Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)

Current Europa missions under study by NASA are focused on answering 
the question “Is Europa habitable?” However, the potential presence
of water plumes on the satellite could present an opportunity to pursue 
the question “Is there life on Europa?” Answering this question is far 
more challenging because measurements currently possible may provide 
only ambiguous results from a mission that either orbits or flies by 
Europa at relatively high velocity. To that end, NASA’s Planetary 
Science Division is convening a workshop to consider strategies to 
investigate Europa’s putative plumes for evidence of life. 

Abstract Submission:
Abstracts should be submitted by 1/27/15 through the Lunar and 
Planetary Institute (LPI) website at:

https://www.hou.usra.edu/meeting_portal/abstract_submission/?mtg=516

Registration is free. All attendees, whether submitting an abstract or 
not, are requested to register at the following website:

https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/calendar/europa-plume-workshop/workshop-
europa-plume-registration/

The workshop will be followed on Feb. 19-20 by a meeting of the Outer 
Planets Assessment Group that will also be held at Ames. 


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GEOMAGNETICS POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

(NASA-GSFC/CRESST/University of Maryland)

Applications are now being accepted for a Postdoctoral Research 
Associate, funded through the University of Maryland College Park and 
the Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and 
Technology (CRESST), to work in the Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory 
of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the area of geomagnetism. 
Additional details are available at:

http://www.astro.umd.edu/employment/index.html#Geomag

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree (or expect to have the degree by 
the start of the appointment) in a related field of physics, 
geophysics and/or applied mathematics. Applicants are expected to 
have strong quantitative analysis and modeling skills – in addition to 
knowledge of geomagnetic fields, satellite or ground observatory data, 
geomagnetic field models, and core dynamics. Applicants also familiar 
with UNIX, Fortran, and parallel computing will be preferred.

The University of Maryland is an Affirmative Action, Equal 
Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  
All applications received by March 2, 2015 will receive full 
consideration.


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MARS EXPLORATION PROGRAM ANALYSIS GROUP (MEPAG) MEETING

You are invited to attend the 2015 face-to-face meeting of the Mars 
Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG), scheduled for 1.5 days, 
February 24-25, 2015, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Monrovia, CA. 
 
There have been many developments in Mars exploration since the May 
2014 MEPAG meeting. This meeting will report on the implications of 
these events for Mars exploration. Special topics for discussion at 
this meeting are:

- MEP status—hear from the new MEP Director on the present state and 
  future of MEP
- Interaction with the Human program (HEOMD)
- NASA and ESA landing site selection activities
- Proposed revision of the MEPAG Goals document based on recent 
  progress
- NASA and ESA landing site selection activities
- Recent scientific results from the Mars missions

The meeting is open to all members of the Mars science community and 
I welcome our international colleagues. We will also broadcast the 
meeting via Adobe Connect for those who cannot attend in person.

For more information, see:

http://mepag.nasa.gov/meetings.cfm

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in Monrovia!
 
Sincerely,
Professor Lisa Pratt
MEPAG Chair

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WORKSHOP ON “VENUS SCIENCE PRIORITIES FOR LABORATORY MEASUREMENTS AND 
INSTRUMENT DEFINITION”

The Venus Science Priorities for Laboratory Measurements and Instrument 
Definition Workshop will be conducted April 7–8, 2015, at the National 
Institute for Aerospace near the NASA Langley Research Center in 
Hampton, Virginia. In conjunction with a Venus Exploration Analysis 
Group (VEXAG) meeting on April 9th. The objectives of this workshop 
are to: 

(1) present, discuss, and document the status of instrument 
technologies and to define measurement goals for new instruments; and 

(2) present, discuss, and document the status and needs of laboratory 
experiments in support of fundamental science and mission preparation. 
The objectives will be worked as guided by the VEXAG Goals and 
Objectives, Pathways, and Technology Plan documents. The workshop will 
form the basis of peer-reviewed papers and other documents.  
 
More information can be found at the VEXAG website at: 

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/vexag/

Part of the workshop activities will be a public lecture, with 
presentations by Dr. Hakan Svedhem from ESA and Dr. James Green 
from NASA.
 
This is a Venus community event and all are welcome and encouraged 
to participate in the discussions.


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NASA POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS
 
The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides opportunities for 
scientists and engineers to conduct research largely of their own 
choosing, yet compatible with the research opportunities posted on the 
NPP Web site.
 
Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP Fellows complete 
one- to three-year Fellowship appointments that advance NASA’s 
missions in Earth science, heliophysics, astrophysics, planetary 
science, astrobiology, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, 
human exploration and operations, and space technology.
 
An example of one of the research opportunities in planetary science 
is:
 
https://www3.orau.gov/NPDoc/Catalog/18818
 
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in hand before 
beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree 
requirements. U. S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and foreign 
nationals eligible for J-1 status as a Research Scholar may apply.
 
Stipends start at $53,500 per year, with supplements for high cost-
of-living areas and for certain academic specialties. Financial 
assistance is available for relocation and health insurance, and 
$8,000 per year is provided for professional travel.

Applications are accepted three times each year: March 1, July 1, 
and November 1.
 
The latest NPP Newsletter:  

http://bit.ly/1tI5M9x
 
For further information and to apply, visit: 

http://nasa.orau.org/postdoc/description/index.htm
 
Questions: nasapostdoc@orau.org
 

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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER: MINERALOGY AND PETROLOGY OF PLANETARY 
MATERIALS
 
The Universities Space Research Association’s Lunar and Planetary 
Institute, invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in the 
mineralogy and petrology of planetary materials.
 
The successful candidate will work with Dr. Allan Treiman in NASA-
funded efforts, emphasizing planetary crusts and magmas, and their 
volatile constituents and on the CheMin science team of the Mars 
Science Laboratory mission. The candidate will participate in 
analysis and interpretation of CheMin X-ray diffraction data of Mars 
surface materials; and may also participate in operations planning 
for the CheMin instrument. 
           
Applicants should have a recent Ph.D. in petrology or geochemistry; 
experience with planetary materials is helpful, but not required.  
The position would be for two years, with possible extension to a 
third year. The candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent 
Resident, and be able to pass a detailed government background
investigation. Applicants should send a letter of interest, a 
curriculum vita with a list of publications, a brief (maximum three 
pages) statement of research interests, and a list of three 
references to the posting at:

https://usracareers.silkroad.com/
 
USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected 
Veterans/Disabled
 

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LLOYD V. BERKNER SPACE POLICY INTERNSHIPS 2015

The goal of the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship is to provide 
promising undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to 
work in the area of civil space research policy in the nation's 
capital, under the aegis of the National Research Council’s Space 
Science Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. 

The summer program is only open to undergraduates. The autumn program 
is open to undergraduate and graduate students. The application 
deadlines are 6 February and 5 June, for the summer and autumn 
programs, respectively. Candidate(s) selected for the summer and autumn 
programs will be contacted no later than 6 March and 3 July, 
respectively. 

Additional information about the program, including application 
procedure, can be found at:

http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/ssb_052239


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[NASA] PRE-PROPOSAL WEBEX TELECONFERENCE: NASA STEM (EONS) AND MUREP 
STEM ENGAGEMENT
 
NASA will conduct two Pre-proposal Webex/Teleconferences to discuss 
NASA Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) NASA Minority 
University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Science, Technology, 
Engineering and Math (STEM) Engagement (MSE). The first of the two will 
be held on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM ET. The second session 
will be scheduled within the coming weeks.
 
The purpose of these sessions is to provide prospective proposers an 
in-depth overview of the MSE opportunity and proposal requirements. 
Please visit the MSE page in NSPIRES for details regarding this 
opportunity:

https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=
init&solId=%7bE4DCF76A-B563-9CC3-A9CD-80D27C145584%7d&path=open

To join the MSE pre-proposal teleconference, please connect to both 
the WebEx and Teleconference.

WebEx will be used for the slide presentation only. For audio and 
to participate in the Q&A session, you must use the telecon number.
 
Connect to WebEx (for slide presentation):
 
Meeting Number: 993 457 765
 
1. Go to: 

https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/j.php?MTID=
m560498025bb709d8b2b21fb9e52ab34a

2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the meeting password: MSE12345*
4. Click "Join".

For assistance go to:

https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/mc 

and on the left navigation bar, click "Support".
 
Connect to teleconference (for audio):
 
Call-in number: 877-951-7311
Participant passcode: 4499894

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: STSCI RESEARCH AND INSTRUMENT ANALYSTS

The Space Telescope Science Institute has openings for Research and
Instrument Analysts (RIA) in our Instruments Division. RIAs will
assist Instrument Scientists in the reduction and analysis of Hubble
Space Telescope calibration data. Analysts will also assist in the
development and testing of the scientific instruments and optical
systems for the James Webb Space Telescope. They will provide user
support to HST General Observers and Archival Researchers in various
aspects of observation planning and data reduction. Additionally,
analysts may become involved in cutting-edge astronomical research by
providing support for scientific programs of staff scientists. Such
support can involve calibrating data, photometry, spectroscopy, image
drizzling, coding, and laboratory work in astronomical
instrumentation.

Successful applicants typically have a Bachelor's, Master's or a
recent PhD degree in Astronomy, Physics, Astrophysics, Planetary
Science, or related fields. The starting position (RIA I, II, Senior)
and salary are commensurate with education and experience. Experience
with astronomical research, instrumentation or optics, scientific
computing, data analysis, and IRAF or other astronomical software
packages, is also desired. Additional mathematical, statistical, and
programming skills (e.g. IDL, python) are a plus.

Applications due: January 31, 2015

For details see:

http://www.stsci.edu/institute/employment

https://rn11.ultipro.com/SPA1004/JobBoard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=
*088F3D93BAC898AD


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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Planetary Systems: A Synergistic View
International Center for Interdisciplinary Science Education
Quy Nhon, Vietnam
19-25 July 2015

http://rencontresduvietnam.org/conferences/2015/planetary-systems/

Abstract Deadline: 20 February 2015

With exciting results coming from both exoplanet observations and 
solar system exploration missions, it sometimes seems that the two 
fields of “planetary studies” aren’t talking to each other. What new 
insights might come from a synergistic approach to planetary studies, 
where exoplanet observations and solar system scientists share data 
sets, develop and tune models jointly, and encourage postdoctoral 
fellowships and faculty positions that transcend the exoplanet solar 
system divide? 

With this announcement, we solicit abstracts for presentations/posters 
that focus on major new observational projects and what we expect to 
learn over the next decade. Jane Luu will present the keynote address, 
and presentations will be organized around these themes:

- Lessons from Solar Systems and Exoplanets
- Comparative Studies of Planet Formation
- Criteria for Habitability and Lessons from our Solar System
- Future Missions

Submit abstracts online at:

http://rencontresduvietnam.org/conferences/2015/planetary-systems/
abstracts/

Abstracts are limited to 300 words. Abstracts and those accepted for 
presentation must be in English. Only one abstract per presenting 
author is allowed. Abstract acceptance notification will be sent by 
7 March 2015.


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5TH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON LUNAR SURFACE APPLICATIONS

The 5th International Workshop on Lunar Surface Applications is right 
around the corner, April 14th - 17th, 2015 in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Our conferences are well attended by scientists, engineers, educators 
and entrepreneurs, and present a great opportunity to extensively 
network and form successful collaborative partnerships, while hearing 
about the latest research in the field.

We invite you to consider attending as a presenter, audience 
participant, exhibitor, or sponsor. You can attend the workshop all 
four days or a day at a time, in person or via the Internet.

You can also go to: 

http://www.lsaworkshops.com 

for more information or give me a call at 888-874-0560.

Sincerely,
Faith Urban
Flexure Engineering
Faith.Urban@flexureengineering.com


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2014 NININGER METEORITE AWARD

The Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University is pleased 
to announce the application opportunity for the 2014 Nininger Meteorite 
Award for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research in 
meteoritical sciences.

The Nininger Meteorite Award recognizes outstanding student achievement 
in the meteoritical sciences as embodied by an original research paper.

The 2014 Nininger Meteorite Award application deadline is March 31, 
2015. Applicants must be the first, but not sole, author of the paper 
and must be studying at an educational institution in the United
States. Papers must cover original research conducted by the student 
and must have been written, submitted, or published between January 1, 
2014, and December 31, 2014.

The Nininger Award recipient receives $1000 and an engraved plaque 
commemorating the honor. Further information about the Nininger Award 
and application instructions are located at: 

http://meteorites.asu.edu/nininger


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PLANETARY MEETING CALENDAR ADDITIONS

No new meeting announcements.

[Editor Note: If there is a planetary-related meeting, conference or
workshop of which you think your colleagues should be aware, please
send the date, title, URL and location to pen_editor at psi.edu.]

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GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON SPECIAL PUBLICATION 401

We would like to bring to your attention Volcanism and Tectonism Across 
the Inner Solar System.

This book is a compilation of 22 research articles and provides on 
overview and detailed analyses of volcanic and tectonic processes on 
terrestrial bodies. Below you find links to the GSL bookshop, the 
book's content, the introductory chapter, and a brief description of 
the book.

Best wishes,
Thomas Platz, Matteo Massironi, Paul K. Byrne, and Harry Hiesinger

GSL bookshop:

http://www.geolsoc.org.uk/SP401

Table of Contents:

http://sp.lyellcollection.org/content/401/1

Introductory chapter:

http://sp.lyellcollection.org/content/401/1/1.full.pdf+html

Description:
Volcanism and tectonism are the dominant endogenic means by which 
planetary surfaces change. This book aims to encompass the broad range 
in character of volcanism, tectonism, faulting and associated 
interactions observed on planetary bodies across the inner solar 
system – a region that includes Mercury, Venus, Earth, the Moon, Mars 
and asteroids. The diversity and breadth of landforms produced by 
volcanic and tectonic processes is enormous, and varies across the 
inner solar system bodies. As a result, the selection of prevailing 
landforms and their underlying formational processes that are 
described and highlighted in this volume are but a primer to the 
expansive field of planetary volcanism and tectonism.


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