Let me say straight away that this is a most handsome book and one that will be found both useful and stimulating by a wide range of readers. It is unencumbered by technical jargon and illustrated by the most beautiful images and clearly reproduced maps and mosaics. The excellence of the Atlas is almost guaranteed by the two names that appear on the dust jacket, for these two NASA-connected planetary scientists have been involved in the business for several decades, at the forefront of planetary research.

In their introduction they write: ‘It is not intended to be a textbook on...

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