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By Frédéric J. Pont

Planetary atmospheres are advanced and evolving entities, as mankind is speedily coming to understand when trying to comprehend, forecast and mitigate human-induced weather switch. within the sunlight process, our neighbours Venus and Mars offer remarkable examples of 2 endpoints of planetary evolution, runaway greenhouse and lack of surroundings to space.

The number of extra-solar planets brings a much broader perspective to the difficulty: from sizzling "hot jupiters'' to ocean worlds, exo-atmospheres discover many configurations unknown within the sun approach, similar to iron clouds, silicate rains, severe plate tectonics, and steam volcanoes. Exoplanetary atmospheres have lately develop into available to observations.

This e-book places our personal weather within the wider context of the pains and tribulations of planetary atmospheres. in line with state-of-the-art examine, it makes use of a grand journey 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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