Terrestrial Planets

Internal structure. Planetary differentiation. Heat production. Heat transport. Geological activity.


Please read the following in Carroll & Ostlie.

20.1 Mercury
The 3-to-2 Spin-Orbit Coupling of Mercury — The Surface of the Planet — The Interior — Mercury's Weak Magnetic Field
20.2 Venus
Retrograde Rotation — The Lack of a Magnetic Field — The Hot, Thick Atmosphere of Venus — Studying the Surface
20.3 Earth
Our Atmosphere — The Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming — Seismology and Earth's Interior — Plate Tectonics — Sources of Internal Heat — Earth's Variable Magnetic Field
20.4 The Moon
The Moon's Internal Structure — The Absence of a Global Magnetic Field — Moon Rocks — Radioactive Dating — Late Heavy Bombardment — The Formation of the Moon
20.5 Mars
Exploration of the Red Planet — Evidence of Water on Mars — ALH84001, A Martian Meteorite — The Polar Caps — Chaotic Fluctuations in Mars's Rotation Axis — The Thin Atmosphere of Mars — Dust Storms — The Abundance of Iron — Evidence of Past Geological Activity — Two Tiny Moons


Terrestrial Planets, 20 September 2012


Problem Set #5: Due 4 October 2012

Joshua E. Barnes      (barnes at ifa.hawaii.edu)
Updated: 5 October 2012
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