6. The Inner Planets

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Reading:

    Ch. 4 Earth and Moon (p. 76)
    Ch. 4 EARTH: A DYNAMIC, VITAL WORLD (p. 77)
    Ch. 4-1 The Earth's atmosphere has evolved over billions of years
    Ch. 4-2 Plate tectonics produce major changes in the Earth's surface
    Ch. 4-3 Earth's interior consists of a rocky mantle and an iron-rich core
    Ch. 4-4 The Earth's magnetic field shields us from the solar wind
    Ch. 4 THE MOON AND TIDES (p. 85)
    Ch. 4-5 The Moon's surface is covered with craters, plains, and mountains
    Ch. 4-6 Visits to the Moon yielded invaluable information about its history
    Ch. 4-7 The Moon probably formed from debris cast into space when a huge planetesimal struck the young Earth
    Ch. 5 The Other Planets and Moons (p. 93)
    Ch. 5 MERCURY (p. 94)
    Ch. 5-1 Photographs from Mariner 10 reveal Mercury's lunarlike surface
    Ch. 5-3 Mercury has an iron core and a magnetic field like Earth
    Ch. 5 VENUS (p. 97)
    Ch. 5-5 The greenhouse effect heats Venus's surface
    Ch. 5-6 Venus is covered with gently rolling hills, two ``continents'', and numerous volcanos
    Ch. 5 MARS (p. 101)
    Ch. 5-9 Probes to Mars found craters, volcanoes, and canyons
    Ch. 5-10 Surface features indicate that water once flowed on Mars
    Ch. 5-11 Martin air is thin and often filled with dust

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Homework 6: Planetary Surfaces, due 10/09.

Quiz 6: Mass Matters, given 10/04.


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