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Course Undergraduate
Semester Electives
Subject Code ES486
Subject Title Planetary Geosciences


 Solar System: majorconcepts, planets, satellites, asteroids, meteorites and comets; formation and internal differentiation of the planets; general features of Terrestrial and Jovian planets.

Planetary atmospheres; exo- and endogenic processes associated with origin and internal evolution of planets-planetary volcanism, craters, impactcratering processes, elemental composition; mineralogy and petrology; thermal, seismic and magnetic properties, and chronological techniques.

Earth as a reference material; geology and geophysics of terrestrial planets: mars, venus and mercury; comparative planetology of Jupiter, Uranus and Saturn and their satellites; physical properties, composition, mineralogy and petrology of the airlessrocky bodies: the Moon and its Terrestrial Analogues, Io, Phobos and Deimos, minor bodies such as asteroids, comets, meteor, meteoroid and meteorites.

Past, Present and future planetary exploration mission

Text Books


Same as Reference


 1.    Taylor, S.R., McLennan. S.M., Planetary Crusts: Their Composition, Origin and Evolution, Cambridge University Press
2.    Kelly Beatty, J., Petersen, C.C., Chaikin, A., The New Solar System, Cambridge University Press
3.    Lewis, J.S., Physics and Chemistry ofthe Solar System, Academic Press
4.    Hartmann, W.K., Moons &Planets, Wadsworth Publishing Company