Comparing The Geology Of Mars On Earth

1942 Words Nov 30th, 2015 8 Pages
Matthew Malan
Professor Pryor
GLG 110
November 30, 2015
Term Paper

Comparing the geology of Mars to Earth Did you watch The Martian in the movie theaters? It’s hard to make the distinction between science fiction and reality. This paper is dedicated to describing the geology of Mars in reference to our own planet. How do the two planets relate? On a fun note, is there any point in going to Mars? In conclusion, with the power of research, this paper will unlock the mystery surrounded with the geology of Mars. How similar or different are Mars and Earth’s atmosphere? To start, Earth is mainly composed of nitrogen (78%), oxygen (21%) and argon (1%). Secondary compositions include the following: carbon dioxide, neon, helium, methane, krypton, hydrogen, nitrous oxide, xenon, ozone, iodine, carbon monoxide and ammonia (universetoday.com). On the other hand, the following is the composition of Mars atmosphere: Carbon dioxide (95.32%), Nitrogen (2.7%), Argon (1.6%), Oxygen (0.13%) and carbon monoxide (0.08%) (space.com). The atmosphere of Mars is cold and thin, making life exist difficult. To elaborate, liquid water currently can’t exist on any manner of surface on Mars (space.com). To continue, dust storms add to the pain of the thin atmosphere and make life even more difficult to not exist. These dust storms can completely cover the entire planet for whole months at a time (space.com). On the other side of the spectrum, it can even snow on Mars - making the north and south…
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