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Written by Dr. G. Jeffrey Taylor, Planetary Geosciences Division University of Hawaii
Explore the Planets takes you on an illustrated tour of our solar system. In addition to viewing the fascinating landscapes of the Earth and other worlds, you'll study the processes that sculpt them: volcanism, impact cratering, faulting and folding, landslides, water processes, and work done by the wind.
You will study the planets the way planetary scientists do, by comparing, for example, why some volcanoes on Mars are so much larger than their counterparts on Earth. Discover why impact craters are so widespread. See the record of vast floods on Mars. Look closely at the swirling atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn, and the surfaces of their icy satellites.
In addition to viewing stunning photographs, you'll perform interactive exercises, plot graphs, and answer review questions. Most exciting of all, you'll put your knowledge to the test as you pilot your own spaceship through the solar system to identify its planetary bodies in a race against the clock.
Windows: IBM compatible 386DX or better, SVGA (8-bit, 256 colors in 640x480), double speed CD-ROM drive, 4MB RAM.
Macintosh: Macintosh with 8 bit (256 color) graphics, double speed CD-ROM drive, 4MB of free RAM memory, System 6.0.7 or newer, 25MHz 68030 or better.
Geology Today Magazine:
"Less than a minute into this disc you suddenly realize that in this world there is ordinary CD-ROM software and TASA CD-ROM software. The latter is quite remarkable - splendid in both artistic and scientific terms... The aim of Explore the Planets is clearly didactic, and the publisher evidently sees the disc being used in schools and colleges. Even so, any feeling of being 'educated' is entirely absent; it's an entertaining disc without being cheap 'edutainment.' We have already remarked on the quality of artistic presentation, but the disc's ultimate recommendation is that its science is correctly and coherently presented."
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