9780521764889

Icy Bodies of the Solar System (IAU S263)

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521764889

  • ISBN10:

    0521764882

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-06-07
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

IAU Symposium 263 provides a state-of-the-art review of icy bodies in the Solar System, a topic crucial to understanding processes involved in the Solar System's formation, the consequences for water on planets, and ultimately, the habitable zones around other stars. Ice-rich planetesimals which form beyond the snow line are discussed, using an interdisciplinary approach. The main topics covered include: accretion of icy grains in the protoplanetary disk, the long-period comet flux and the Oort cloud population, transfer mechanisms of bodies from their source regions to the Sun's neighborhood, the physics and dynamics of trans-Neptunian objects, transition objects (comets and asteroids), cryovolcanism and modeling the interiors of icy bodies, and a review of past, present and future space missions. This volume gives a broad overview of the importance of these bodies, from comets up to liquid water on terrestrial planets, and the formation of ices in the Solar System.

Table of Contents

Preface; Overview
The icy planetesimals and accretion processes in the protoplanetary disk
Dynamical aspects of icy bodies. The Oort cloud
Icy satellites of the outer planets
Icy dwarf planets and TNOs
Transition objects
Physical processes in comets
Space missions to icy bodies: past, present and future
Author index
Object index
Subject index
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