Searching for Water in the Universe

Thérèse Encrenaz

Searching for Water in the UniverseSearching for Water in the Universe looks at water in its various forms – liquid, vapour and ice – and shows how it has affected everything – even the evolution of the Solar System. We are taken on a journey through the Universe in search of water, shown the various methods by which it is detected, and visit a diversity of locations, from the nearest planets to the furthest galaxies, where water has been discovered.

This book explores the presence of water in the various bodies of the Solar System: in the giant planets, with their rings and systems of satellites; in comets and asteroids; and in the terrestrial planets. By tracing the history of water in the atmospheres of Mars, Venus and the Earth, we are shown how small differences in temperature have led to the tremendous divergences in the evolutions of these planets.

If ever we are to escape the Earth and colonise other planets, the presence of water will be vital, and the book concludes by looking at the important role played by water in studies of habitable exoplanets.

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Extent: 202 pages; 4-colour throughout
Binding: Paperback
Publication Date: October 2006
ISBN: 978-0-387-34174-3

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