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Touring the Solar System

Honors Earth Science Hinsdale South High School

Mark Pennington

on 16 April 2010

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Transcript of Touring the Solar System

Touring the Solar System Objectives Concept 1: Consider the formation of the solar system and the general characteristics of the planets.
Concept 2: Describe the major features of the lunar surface and discuss the Moon's history.
Concept 3: Compare and contrast the distinguishing features of each planet in the solar system.
Concept 4: List and describe the minor members of the solar system.
Earth-like vs. Jovian-like Planets The planets can be arranged into two groups:
- Terrestrial (Earth-like) planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars)
- Jovian (Jupiter-like) planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune).
....Pluto is not included in either group.
Compared to the Jovian planets the terrestrial planets are:
- smaller,
- more dense,
- contain proportionally more rocky material
- have slower rates of rotation
- lower escape velocities

Lunar surface exhibits several types of features:
Most craters were produced by the impact of rapidly moving interplanetary debris (meteoroids).
Bright, densely cratered highlands (terrae) make up most of the lunar surface.
The dark, fairly smooth lowlands are called maria (singular, mare).
Maria basins are enormous impact craters that have been flooded with layer upon layer of very fluid basaltic lava.
All lunar terrains are:
mantled with a soil-like layer of gray unconsolidated debris, called lunar regolith
derived from a few billion years of meteoric bombardment.
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