This is a good introductory textbook for anyone with a solid background in geological sciences to the ﬁeld of planetary geology. This book is the second edition and the authors have done an excellent job in making all the materials bang up-to-date; they even include information that must have been released just prior to the book going to press. The illustrations and ﬁgures are outstanding, and, used in addition to the data tables, make a handy reference for those wanting to quickly extract basic facts (e.g. gravitational acceleration, internal structure) about the planets or other solar system bodies. --Geological Magazine
I found this book hugely informative without swamping me in excessive detail. It provides an excellent and affordable summary of the current state of knowledge of 'planet systems science', even making reference to some Mars Curiosity results from 2013. If you have an interest in 'geology' beyond your own planet then this is a great introduction. --Geological Curator
About the Author
Claudio Vita-Finzi taught planetary geology at University College London (UCL) for a dozen years before moving to the Natural History Museum as a scientific associate. He is working on solar history. Dominic Fortes studied the physical properties of planetary ices under the auspices of a UCL Graduate School Scholarship and two STFC-funded Research Fellowships over a ten-year period in the UCL Department of Earth Sciences. Currently working in the Institute for Earth and Planetary Sciences at UCL and Birkbeck College, he continues this work on planetary ices and the application to understanding the evolution of these fascinating objects, and lectures on the geology of planetary bodies.