By Frédéric J. Pont
Planetary atmospheres are complicated and evolving entities, as mankind is quickly coming to grasp while trying to comprehend, forecast and mitigate human-induced weather switch. within the sunlight method, our neighbours Venus and Mars supply extraordinary examples of 2 endpoints of planetary evolution, runaway greenhouse and lack of surroundings to space.
The number of extra-solar planets brings a much wider perspective to the problem: from sizzling "hot jupiters'' to ocean worlds, exo-atmospheres discover many configurations unknown within the sunlight approach, reminiscent of iron clouds, silicate rains, severe plate tectonics, and steam volcanoes. Exoplanetary atmospheres have lately develop into obtainable to observations.
This booklet places our personal weather within the wider context of the rigors and tribulations of planetary atmospheres. in accordance with state-of-the-art learn, it makes use of a grand travel of the atmospheres of alternative planets to polish a brand new mild on our personal surroundings, and its relation with life.
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