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By: Harry Y McSween and Gary R Huss

568 pages, 221 b/w illus, 36 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Apr 2010 | #185085 | ISBN-13: 9780521878623
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This book provides a complete background to cosmochemical processes and discoveries, enabling students outside geochemistry to understand and explore the Solar System's composition.

'A comprehensive treatment of the field of Cosmochemistry has been lacking and is long overdue. Hap McSween and Gary Huss have written a thorough and thoroughly enjoyable book that fills this gap. A really comprehensive, highly readable and overall first rate book. I highly recommend it to any scientist with interests in the chemistry and origins of solar systems. There is no doubt that I will adopt it for my own graduate course.' Scott M. McLennan, State University of New York, Stony Brook 'This new book by Hap McSween and Gary Huss, two highly acclaimed scientists in the field, takes on the difficult task of making the observations and core concepts of cosmochemistry clearly understandable to a non-specialized audience. The scope is broad, the pace pleasant, so this book will certainly be a very useful reference for introductory classes on the origin of the Solar System.' Francis Albarede, Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon 'This textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the modern field of cosmochemistry. A diverse range of topics ... are covered in a logical and coherent manner. ... This book should be considered indispensable for any student in the Earth and Planetary Sciences. It also serves as an essential reference for any researcher interested in planetary materials and the origins of planetary systems.' Dante S. Lauretta, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson


Preface; 1. Introduction to cosmochemistry; 2. Nuclides and elements - the building blocks of matter; 3. Origin of the elements; 4. Solar System and cosmic abundances - elements and isotopes; 5. Presolar grains - a record of stellar nucleosynthesis and processes in interstellar space; 6. Meteorites - a record of nebular and planetary processes; 7. Cosmochemical and geochemical fractionations; 8. Radioisotopes as chronometers; 9. Chronology of the early Solar System; 10. The most volatile elements and compounds - organic matter, noble gases, and ices; 11. Chemistry of anhydrous planetesimals; 12. Chemistry of comets and other ice-bearing planetesimals; 13. Geochemical exploration of planets - Moon and Mars as case studies; 14. Cosmochemical models for the formation of the Solar System; Appendix: some analytical techniques commonly used in cosmochemistry; Index.

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Harry (Hap) McSween is Chancellor's Professor at the University of Tennessee. He has conducted research on cosmochemistry for more than three decades and was one of the original proponents of the hypothesis that some meteorites are from Mars. Gary Huss is a Research Professor and Director of the W. M. Keck Cosmochemistry Laboratory at the Hawaii Institute for Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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