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Michael A. Seeds + 1 other
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Chapter 17, Problem 2RQ
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Why does Mercury have lobate scarps but Earth, Venus, and Mars do not’

To determine

The reason for the absence of lobate scraps on Earth, Venus, and Mars and its presence on Mercury

Explanation of Solution

Introduction:

The surface of Mercury includes craters and ridges ranging from heavy to thin. Mercury surface consists of long, sinuous cliffs which are called lobate scarps.

Mercury core was compressed due to heat loss during formation and resulted in the formation of lobate scarps. Unlike Mercury, Earth, Venus, and Mars did not lose their internal heat during formation. So their cores are not compressed.

Moreover, the Earth is the only geological active planet and contains a significant amount of water on its surface...

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