Red Planet : A Natural History of Mars
by Morden, Simon, Ph.D.







Enter, Stage Leftix
PART ONE EXPLAINING MARS
Dawn on Mars
3(6)
Mars as an Unreliable Narrator
9(2)
Why Is Mars So Different?
11(4)
Mapping Mars
15(8)
PART TWO BEFORE THE BEGINNING
The Giant Molecular Cloud
23(4)
Accretion
27(4)
Planetary Embryos
31(8)
PART THREE EARLY MARS
Mars at the Start
39(4)
Planetary Melting
43(4)
Crater Formation
47(2)
Crater Counting
49(6)
Martian Meteorites
55(4)
The Great Dichotomy
59(4)
The Great Dichotomy Convection Theory
63(6)
The Great Dichotomy Impact Theory
69(4)
Phobos and Deimos
73(4)
The Early Martian Atmosphere
77(6)
PART FOUR THE NOACHIAN
Sailing on an Endless Sea
83(4)
The Hellas Impact
87(6)
The Start of the Noachian
93(4)
Obliquity and Eccentricity
97(4)
Introducing Tharsis
101(4)
We Need to Talk about Water
105(4)
The Northern Ocean
109(4)
Life
113(6)
Tharsis Rises
119(2)
Lake Eridania
121(6)
PART FIVE THE HESPERIAN
The Hesperian Climate Change
127(4)
The Beginning of the Cryosphere
131(4)
Valles and Chaoses
135(4)
Here Are Giants
139(4)
Valles Marineris
143(6)
Olympus Mons
149(6)
Elysium
155(4)
The Medusae Fossae Formation
159(6)
True Polar Wander
165(6)
The Ice Caps
171(6)
PART SIX THE AMAZONIAN
A World of Ice
177(4)
Into the Amazonian
181(4)
The Amazonian Climate
185(4)
Equatorial Ice
189(6)
High Latitude Ice
195(4)
The Polar Regions
199(4)
The Dust Cycle
203(4)
Amazonian Volcanism
207(6)
PART SEVEN THE FUTURE
What Can We Make of Mars?
213(8)
We Are the Martians
221(4)
Acknowledgements225(2)
Bibliography227(10)
Index237


Uncover the mysteries, wonders, and history of Mars-as close to an eye-witness perspective of the incredible Red Planet as any reader can get.

The history of Mars is drawn not just on its surface, but also down into its broken bedrock and up into its frigid air. Most of all, it stretches back into deep time, where the trackways of the past have been obliterated and there is no discernible trace of where they started from or how they travelled, only where they ended up.

From the planet's formation 4.5 billion years ago, through eras that featured cataclysmic meteor strikes, explosive volcanoes and a vast ocean that spanned the entire upper hemisphere, to the long, frozen ages that saw its atmosphere steadily thinning and leaking away into space, planetary geologist Dr. Simon Morden presents a tantalizing vision of our nearest neighbour, its dramatic history, and astonishing present.





Dr. Simon Morden trained as a planetary geologist and geophysicist, realized he was never going to get into space, so decided to write about it instead. His award-winning writing career blends narrative science, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. He is a past winner of the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award for his Metrozone series of novels set in post-apocalyptic London. He lives in England.





Our understanding of Mars has grown immensely over the past few decades, to the point that we can meaningfully speculate about its past and how this unique planet came to be. Morden, a science-fiction author and trained geologist, serves up a natural history of Mars, from its formation over 4.5 billion years ago to the present. He summarizes what we know about its physical features and the geological history behind them. Mars is unique in several ways, and there are several different possible paths it could have taken to become like it is today. We don't currently have enough information to know which possibility is the truth. Morden embraces this uncertainty and paints a multifaceted picture of what might have been. Morden's writing style is friendly and accessible, and his excitement for the subject shines through. It's impressive how much information he packs into a narrative that flows so easily. The Red Planet is an excellent overview and an easy recommendation for space buffs, geologists, or anyone with a general interest in science. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.






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