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Why geosciences and exoplanetary sciences need each other

Oliver Shorttle, Natalie R. Hinkel and Cayman T. Unterborn
Why geosciences and exoplanetary sciences need each other (in Geoscience beyond the solar system, John Eiler (editor), Richard Harrison (editor), Becky Lange (editor) and Jodi Rosso (editor))
Elements (August 2021) 17 (4): 229-234


The study of planets outside our Solar System may lead to major advances in our understanding of the Earth and may provide insight into the universal set of rules by which planets form and evolve. To achieve these goals requires applying geoscience's wealth of Earth observations to fill in the blanks left by the necessarily minimal exoplanetary observations. In turn, many of Earth's one-offs-plate tectonics, surface liquid water, a large moon, and life: long considered as "Which came first?" conundrums for geoscientists-may find resolution in the study of exoplanets that possess only a subset of these phenomena.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 17
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Why geosciences and exoplanetary sciences need each other
Title: Geoscience beyond the solar system
Author(s): Shorttle, OliverHinkel, Natalie R.Unterborn, Cayman T.
Author(s): Eiler, Johneditor
Author(s): Harrison, Richardeditor
Author(s): Lange, Beckyeditor
Author(s): Rosso, Jodieditor
Affiliation: University of Cambridge, Department of Earth Sciences & Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Pages: 229-234
Published: 20210801
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 12
Accession Number: 2021-076052
Categories: Extraterrestrial geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX, USA, United States
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2021, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 202152
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