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Petrology C Planetary Chemistry and Evolution (Helen Williams and Oli Shorttle)

Planetary Chemistry and Evolution - Helen Williams and Oli Shorttle

Text Books

  • De Pater, I., & Lissauer, J. (2015). Planetary sciences / Imke de Pater, University of California, Berkeley & Delft University of Technology, and Jack J. Lissauer, NASA-Ames Research Center, & Stanford University. (Second ed.).
  • Lodders, Katharina, and Jr, Bruce Fegley. (2015). Chemistry of the Solar System. 1st. ed. (Online access restricted to designated PCs in the main UL + affiliate libraries)
  • Treatise on Geochemistry (2003/2014) - 2003 copy in the library, many papers can be found on-line

Light Reading 

  • Sagan, Carl (1980, latest ed. 2013) Cosmos

Lecture 1 - A (non)chondritic Earth (?)

1.1 Core Reading

Longer reads

Lecture 2 - Dust to planetesimals

2.1 - Core Reading

2.3 - Further reading for presenters


Longer reads

2.4 - Online resources

 3. Planetesimals to planets

 3.1 Core Reading



4. Formation of the Moon

4.1 Core Reading 


5 - Planetary veneers and volatiles

5.1 - Core Reading



5.3 - Further reading for presenters


6. Comparative planetology

6.1 Core reading

 Literature (also refer to previous seminars!)

7 - Giant planets at home and abroad

7.1 - Core Reading

7.3 - Further reading for presenters

Longer reads 

  • Planetary Sciences: Second Edition. De Pater and Lissauer. Cambridge University Press. Chapter 13.
  • The Exoplanet Handbook. Perryman. Cambridge University Press.
  • Born of chaos. Batygin et al. Scientific American 2016.

8 - Making a habitable planet

8.1 - Core Reading

8.3 - Further reading for presenters 


Longer reads

  • Langmuir & Broecker. How to build a habitable planet: the story of Earth from the Big Bang to Humankind. Princeton.

8.4 - Online Resources

  • - Catalogue of discovered exoplanets. Enables online plotting of datasets and download of the data.
  • - Web resources for Langmuir and Broecker's book, including slides and figures.
  • - List of planets specifically within their star's habitable zone. Includes plots of orbital characteristics of these systems and discussion of habitability criteria.
  • -calculator - Online tool for calculating the location of habitable zones around stars. An implementation of the Kopparapu et al. 2013/2014 work.