Surface Geology Of Mercury Research Paper

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Mercury, the first planet from the sun and named Roman God of Thievery, Commerce and Travel has some cool facts about surface geology. To start off, on the outside of Mercury is very rocky and heavily cratered. As well as littered with boulders and pulverized dust. The temperature range of Mercury can be from 90 Kelvin to 700 Kelvin! Sending back thousands of images, the Mariner 10 in 1974 got 10,000 kilometers to the surface of Mercury. After carefully reviewing the images there seemed to be no signs of clouds, rivers, dust storms or any other type of weather. The Mariner 10 discovered that Mercury had a weak magnetic field. Surprising that Mercury had any magnetic field at all! In 2008 another craft was sent out and received more information…show more content…
Venus named after the Greek goddess of beauty and love and the sister planet of Earth, has an interesting atmosphere and climate. Venus consists of 96.5% of carbon dioxide and 3.5% of nitrogen. Although there has been traces of other elements and compounds such as carbon monoxide, argon, helium and neon. The composition of Venus makes the atmospheric pressure more than 90 times heavier than Earth! The surface closest to Venus is a thick layer of carbon dioxide. Over the layer of the thick carbon dioxide, unearths layers of clouds filled of sulfuric acid which reflect 90% of the sunlight that hits Venus. Venus is one of the brightest objects in our sky. Venus is the brightest planet in the solar system. A theory of Venus, is that once it was a lot like Earth. The temperatures on Venus range from, -364 to 870 degrees…show more content…
Earth has many tectonic plates which made out the seven continents. even today there are tectonic plates that are shifting. Some say that California is shifting away from the United States. Although, Earth started out with one continent called Pangaea. There are three major types of tectonic plate boundaries. The first one is divergent, divergent is when the plates move apart from one another. The second one is subduction, subduction is when the oceanic plate moves under a continental plate. Subduction mostly causes the most violent earthquakes and volcanic activity. The last major type of boundary is transform, transform is when the plates slide back and forth against one another. Plates that are located in the Lithosphere are North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, India, Antarctica, Australia and the Pacific
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