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Del Genio 1997

Del Genio, A.D., 1997: Atmosphere. In Encyclopedia of Planetary Sciences. J.H. Shirley and R.W. Fairbridge, Eds., Chapman & Hall, pp. 51-54.

The gaseous envelopes surrounding the terrestrial planets make up a small fraction of their total mass but exert an inordinate influence on both their underlying surfaces and the energy balance between planet and Sun. The Jovian planets' atmospheres, on the other hand, represent a significant fraction of their total mass and dominate discussion of all aspects of their physical states. All planets have atmospheres, but on some of the smaller ones there is only a rarefied regional atmosphere produced either by interaction with the solar wind or by local surface or subsurface sources. We consider here only those objects with atmospheres thick enough to be hydrodynamic in nature: the planets Earth, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and the satellites Titan and Triton. Pluto may have a substantial atmosphere as well, but little is known about it at the present time.

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BibTeX Citation

  author={Del Genio, A. D.},
  editor={Shirley, J. H. and Fairbridge, R. W.},
  booktitle={Encyclopedia of Planetary Sciences},
  publisher={Chapman & Hall},

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ID  - de08400z
AU  - Del Genio, A. D.
ED  - Shirley, J. H.
ED  - Fairbridge, R. W.
PY  - 1997
TI  - Atmosphere
BT  - Encyclopedia of Planetary Sciences
SP  - 51
EP  - 54
PB  - Chapman & Hall
CY  - London
ER  -

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