Fall 1998 Planetary Geology Seminar Syllabus
01314 Geology 2500-002, 1-credit, Thursday 3-4 PM, DSC 110
This course is an introduction to planetary geology. No prerequisites.
Text: Christiansen, E. H., Hamblin, K., 1995, Exploring the Planets; Prentice Hall, 500 p. ISBN 0-020322421-5.
Below is a tentative schedule of topics.
Week 1 & 2: Models for planet formation, and for production of the elements. Reading: Chapt. 1 & 2. Skim Chapt. 15
Week 3: Meteorites. Reading: Chapt. 3
Week 4: Craters and cratering processes. Reading: to be determined.
Week 5: Mercury. Reading: Chapt. 5
Week 6: Venus. Reading: Chapt. 7
Week 7: Mars. Reading: Chapt. 6
Week 8&9: Jupiter system with concentration on moons. Reading: Chapt. 9
Week 10: Saturn system with concentration on moons. Reading: Chapt. 10
Week 11: Uranus and Neptune's moons. Reading: Chapt. 11 & 12.
Week 12: Prospects for life on other planetary bodies *. Reading: to be determined.
Week 12: Synthesis of factors determining planetary behavior *
Week 13: Prospects of terraforming *. Reading: to be determined.
Week 14: Class project - development of future missions *
* - will involve significant student participation
List of web sites on planetary geology and such.
Photograph of the surface of Mars - we live in a remarkable time!