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areology

[‚ar·ē′äl·ə·jē]
(astronomy)
The scientific study related to the properties of Mars.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Two recent books, in the Cambridge Planetary Science Series, published by Cambridge University Press, focus on the geology of Mars. This should not be surprising as we are in an unprecedented era of exploration of the Red Planet, and never before have there been so many robotic missions, either in orbit, or on the surface of Mars; this has resulted in exciting advances in our understanding of the geology of Mars.
In The Surface of Mars, Michael Carr provides an outstanding up-to-date thesis on the geology of Mars. In the author's own words, this is a "replacement" for an earlier book published in 1981 with the same title.
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