The Terrestrial Planets (CCU)
- Describe the process of cratering of planetary surfaces and tell how craters can be used to infer the relative ages of the surfaces.
- Compare and contrast the geology of the four terrestrial planets.
- Compare and contrast the weather systems of the four terrestrial planets.
- List the major surface features on each planet and describe how they were formed.
- Understand the roles of cratering, volcanism, and tectonics in the shaping of the planets’ surfaces.
- Apply the concept of the greenhouse effect to the atmospheres of Earth and Venus.
- Composition of atmospheres
- Formation of atmospheres
- Weathering effects on the planets’ surfaces.
- Volcanic activity
- Mountain building
- Used for understanding the other planets.
- Magnetic Field
- Clouds, atmosphere, and surface temperature
- Active volcanic surface
- Geologic features
- Thin atmosphere
- Virtually no atmosphere (trace helium)
- Cratered surface
Class Notes – Terrestrial Planets
Read The Nine Planets.