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Atmospheres of the giant planets

Ingersoll, Andrew P. (1999) Atmospheres of the giant planets. In: The New Solar System. Cambridge University Press , Cambridge, pp. 201-220. ISBN 9780933346864. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20121217-152440744

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Abstract

The Giant Planets - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune - are fluid objects. They have no solid surfaces because the light elements constituting them do not condense at solar-system temperatures. Instead, their deep atmospheres grade downward until the distinction between gas and liquid becomes meaningless. The preceding chapter delved into the hot, dark interiors of the Jovian planets. This one focuses on their atmospheres, especially the observable layers from the base of the clouds to the edge of space. These veneers are only a few hundred kilometers thick, less than one percent of each planet's radius, but they exhibit an incredible variety of dynamic phenomena.


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