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GEOLOGY AND TECHNICAL GEOLOGY
Course unit
GEOLOGY AND EXPLORATION OF PLANETARY BODIES
SCP8085501, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
GEOLOGY AND TECHNICAL GEOLOGY
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GEOLOGY AND EXPLORATION OF PLANETARY BODIES
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge MATTEO MASSIRONI GEO/03
Other lecturers MONICA LAZZARIN FIS/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses GEO/03 Structural Geology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 1.5 18 19.5 No turn
Lecture 4.5 36 76.5 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2009 course timetable

Syllabus
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at delivering the basics concepts about the geology of the Solar System bodies and their explorations. It will be shown how the differences among the major planetary bodies of the Inner Solar Systems reflect their different geological and tectonic evolution. Particular attention will be also devoted to minor bodies such as Asteroids and Comets. The student will be also informed about the main missions and payloads dedicated to planetary exploration. Practical exercises will be focused on the geological analysis of data acquired on planetary missions.
Examination methods: Oral examination will be related to the geology of the solar system bodies, space missions and payload dedicated to the explorations of planetary bodies
Assessment criteria: Oral examination on the subject of the course
Course unit contents: Course contents:
- Physical parameters of the terrestrial planets
- Impact cratering
- Crate Chronology- Classification of the Meteorites
- Moon: topography, internal structure, tectonic and cratering features, basin related tectonism, surface deposits and geological units, origin and evolution, water on the Moon
- Mercury: physiographic provinces and geological units, internal structure, tectonic and volcanic features, cratering, surface composition and volatiles, origin and evolution.
- Venus: topography, tectonism and volcanism, evolution.
- Mars: topography, internal structure, tectonism and volcanism, water and water related morphologies, surface evolution.
- Geology, structure and composition of comets and asteroids
- Geology of the Medicean satellites
- Planetary space mission and related payloads
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: 40 h lectures and 10 h practical exercises. The frontal lectures will be dedicated to the geology of planetary and minor bodies and to the exploration techniques of planetary surface (orbital and in situ). The practical exercises will be devoted to the geological interpretation of the planetary surfaces (Inner Solar System) and the crater density age determination.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Suggested text-books and power-points of the lectures
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Rothery, David A.; McBride, Neil; Gilmour, Iain, An Introduction to the Solar System. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Angelo Pio Rossi and Stephan Van Gasselt, Planetary Geology. --: Springer-PRAXIS, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Melosh, H., Planetary surface processes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo