Study Plan

Learning Goals

By the conclusion of this chapter, you should be able to:
  1. Explain the roles of the four processes that shape a terrestrial planet’s surface.
  2. Explain how a planet’s size, mass, surface gravity, density, and distance from the Sun contribute to its geological characteristics.
  3. Identify the age of a planet’s surface from the concentration of craters.
  4. Explain how radiometric dating is used to measure the ages of rocks.
  5. Identify the geological evidence for water on the terrestrial planets.

Prepare and Assess


    1. Processes That Shape the Planets
      Section: 8.1
    2. Globe During Different Stages of Continental Drift
      Section: 8.4
    3. Hot Spot Creating a Chain of Islands
      Section: 8.4
    1. Planetary Formation Temperatures Plot
      Shows planet formation temperature as a function of distance from the Sun. Also indicates the state (gas or solid) of several substances at the given distance and temperature.

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