Planetary Geology Lecture Outline - Mercury

'Odd' facts:

Internal construction:

Surface terranes:

History:


Some images to play with (see what features discussed in lecture you can identify):

half globe imageCaloris basinBach quadrangle

Additional references:


Next time: Venus

Reading: text chapter on Venus

Discussion questions for next time:

Venus has surface temperatures in the realm of metamorphic conditions on earth where rocks flow ductilely. Yet brittle structures (faults) abound. Why? There is the standard answer, and another somewhat neglected possibility.

How does the distribution of volcanism on Venus differ from that on earth, and what does that suggest about the tectonic style?


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