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Topic: Geological features of the Solar System


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  Solar System / Planets K-12 Experiments for Lesson Plans & Science Fair Projects
Major features of the Solar System (not to scale): The Sun, the eight planets, the asteroid belt containing the dwarf planet Ceres, outermost there is the dwarf planet Pluto (the dwarf planet Eris not shown), and a comet.
The inner solar system was too warm for volatile molecules like water and methane to condense, and so the planetesimals which formed there were relatively small (comprising only 0.6% the mass of the disc) and composed largely of compounds with high melting points, such as silicates and metals.
The immediate galactic neighborhood of the solar system is known as the Local Fluff, an area of dense cloud in an otherwise sparse region known as the Local Bubble, an hourglass-shaped cavity in the interstellar medium roughly 300 light-years across.
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 CalendarHome.com - - Calendar Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
The principal component of the Solar System is the Sun, a main sequence G2 star that contains 99.86% of the system's known mass and dominates it gravitationally.
The Solar System is believed to have formed according to the nebular hypothesis, first proposed in 1755 by Immanuel Kant and independently formulated by Pierre-Simon Laplace.
The immediate galactic neighborhood of the Solar System is known as the Local Interstellar Cloud or Local Fluff, an area of dense cloud in an otherwise sparse region known as the Local Bubble, an hourglass-shaped cavity in the interstellar medium roughly 300 light-years across.
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 Solar Energy Systems - Utah Geological Survey
Solar Heating Systems: Heat for water, homes, and buildings can be provided by solar water and space heating systems, which utilize solar collectors to capture the sun's energy.
A passive solar structure is one that permits direct sunlight to entering through windows to provide heating, but is also designed to not overheat the structure and to minimize heat loss through the windows at night.
Features of passive solar design are structure shape and orientation, window area, thermal mass to store heat, overhangs to shade the windows in summer, and thermal shades or highly insulated windows.
geology.utah.gov /sep/renewable_energy/solar/solarsystems.htm   (652 words)

  
 The Ultimate Solar system Dog Breeds Information Guide and Reference
Small quantities of dust are present throughout the solar system and are responsible for the phenomenon of zodiacal light.
The Solar System is believed to have formed from the Solar Nebula, the collapsing cloud of gas and dust which gave birth to the Sun.
The solar system is part of the Milky Way galaxy, a spiral galaxy with a diameter of about 100,000 light years containing approximately 200 billion stars, of which our Sun is fairly typical.
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 solar system
The solar system is the stellar system comprising the Sun and the retinue of celestial objects gravitationally bound to it: currently eight official planets (according to the International Astronomical Union) and their 162 known moons,
Other stellar systems or planetary systems are usually referred to by the names of their parent star, or sun; "the Alpha Centauri system" or "the 51 Pegasi system".
The immediate galactic neighborhood of the solar system is known as the Local Fluff, an area of dense cloud in an otherwise sparse region known as the Local Bubble, an hourglass-shaped region roughly 300 light-years across.
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 ipedia.com: Solar system Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
A generic solar system (or planetary system) consists of at least one star and various orbiting objects (such as asteroids, comets, moonss, and planets).
Small quantities of dust are present throughout the solar system and are responsible for the phenomenon of zodiacal light.
Planetary systems are generally believed to form as part of the same process which results in star formation; although, some argue that systems are formed by some kind of accidental "stellar near-collison".
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 Qwika - similar:Geology
A geologic map is a special-purpose map made for the purpose of showing subsurface geological features.
In the United States, geologic maps are usually superimposed over a topographic map (and at times over other base maps) with the addition of a color mask with letter symbols to represent the kind of geologic unit, stratigraphic contour lines, fault lines, strike and dip symbols, and various...
The field of biogeochemistry involves scientific study of the chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes and reactions that govern the composition of the natural environment (including the biosphere, the hydrosphere, the pedosphere, the atmosphere, and the lithosphere), and the cycles of matter and energy that transport the Earth's chemical components in time and space.
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 The Solar System and its Origins
Inner Solar System bodies (including the belt asteroids) are rocky bodies, and quite small (none is bigger than the Earth), while the outer Solar System bodies are icy, where they are solid at all.
Specifically, in the inner solar system, the Earth is fairly active geologically, the Moon and Mercury are dead worlds, and Mars and Venus are in between.
Vulcanism is also ubiquitous in the inner solar system (and in the outer solar system as well)but among the inner planets, only the Earth and Venus probably still have active volcanos.
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 Solar system   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
In broad terms, the solar system consists of the Sun, eight bodies in relatively unique orbits (commonly called planets or major planets) and two belts of smaller objects (which can be called minor planets, planetoids, meteoroids, planetesimals or, in the case of Pluto, planets).
In the outer regions of this solar nebula, ice and volatile gases were able to survive, and as a results, the inner planets formed minerals and are rocky, and the outer planets were massive enough to attract gases.
The solar system is part of the Milky Way galaxy, a spiral galaxy with a diameter of about 100,000 light years containing approximately 200 billion stars, of which our Sun is rather large and bright.
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 Discover the Wisdom of Mankind on Solar System   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
In the outer regions of this solar nebula, ice and volatile gases were able to survive, and as a result, the inner planets are rocky and the outer planets were massive enough to capture large amounts of lighter gases, such as hydrogen and helium.
The solar system is located in the Local Fluff of the Milky Way galaxy, a spiral galaxy with a diameter of about 100,000 light years containing approximately 200 billion stars, of which our Sun is rather large and bright.
The total surface area of the solar system's objects that have solid surfaces and a diameter greater than 1 km is ~1.7 km2 andmdash;about 11 times the area of the Earth's land masses wherever possible.
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 Solar System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Major features of the Solar System (not to scale): The Sun, the eight planets, the asteroid belt containing the dwarf planet Ceres, outermost there is the dwarf planet Pluto (the dwarf planet Eris not shown), and a comet.
The inner solar system was too warm for volatile molecules like water and methane to condense, and so the planetesimals which formed there were relatively small (comprising only 0.6% the mass of the disc) and composed largely of compounds with high melting points, such as silicates and metals.
The immediate galactic neighborhood of the solar system is known as the Local Fluff, an area of dense cloud in an otherwise sparse region known as the Local Bubble, an hourglass-shaped cavity in the interstellar medium roughly 300 light-years across.
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 Geoscience - The Earth - Earth in its Surroundings - The Solar System
The Solar System is dominated by the Sun and the nine planets that orbit around it.
This large rift system is believed to have formed by the tension, stretching and collapse of the crust.
The ring system consists of hundreds of individual rings that are composed of many small particles ranging in size from centimetres to metres.
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 Planetary Landscapes
The impact crater is one of the most common geological features in the Solar System, reflecting the violence that characterized the formation and early history of the planets.
The planets and moons were formed from the "solar nebula," a huge disk of gas and dust created by the collapse of an interstellar cloud.
The impact of the Shoemaker-Levy comet on Jupiter in the summer of 1994 was a dramatic reminder of the possibility for continuing giant impacts in the Solar System.
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 Earth - A sanctuary for life
In reality, one of the most remarkable features of our Solar System is the near-constant stability of factors such as temperature, which have nurtured the development of life on Earth.
The use of phrases such as the greenhouse effect and global warming are now commonplace; in a geological blink of an eye we threaten to destroy the very balance that we depend on for life.
When the Solar Wind is particularly strong, some of the particles slip through and collide with the Earth's atmosphere, creating the spectacular aurora around the north and south poles.
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 Glossary of Terms: S
Is an atmospheric process where small particles and gas molecules diffuse part of the incoming solar radiation in random directions without any alteration to the wavelength of the electromagnetic energy.
The capability of a system to tolerate or recover from disturbance or an environmental stress.
System elements are the kinds of things or substances composing the system.
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 Revelations in the solar system
Unfortunately, such discoveries are usually interpreted in terms of an age for the solar system of billions of years and as having come about by natural processes, without input from the hand of God.
For instance, the Voyager missions in the 1970s and 80s revealed surprising features in the beautiful rings of Saturn, which were found to possess a very detailed structure, described as ‘rings within rings within rings.’ The sharp edges of the rings and other evidences imply that the rings must be quite young in age.
This solar wind would have an effect of driving excess gas and dust out of the still forming solar system and thus there would no longer be enough of the light gases left to form Jupiter and the other three giant gas planets.
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 Survey_Solar_System
The Solar System consists of a star (the Sun = 99.85% Mass of entire solar system) and planets, asteroids, and comets, which orbit it in a broad, flat disk.
In this hypothesis, the Solar System was born from a cloud of interstellar gas that collapsed to a disk called the solar nebula.
The flat shape of the system and the common direction of motion around the Sun arose because the planets condensed within the nebula's rotating disk.
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 Sea and Sky's Tour of the Solar System: Rhea
Rhea is one of the most heavily cratered satellites in the solar system.
The surface features of this moon can be divided into two different geological areas based on the density of the craters.
These linear features are believed to be fractures, and may indicate that Rhea has expanded and contracted due to internal heating and cooling.
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 <FONT> SIZE=2 COLOR=8B0000 REVELATIONS IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM--Part 1</FONT>
Unfortunately, such discoveries are usually interpreted in terms of an age for the solar system of billions of years and having come about by natural processes, without input from the hand of God.
Surprising features were revealed in the solar system that were not expected due to old age evolutionary assumptions.
This solar wind would have an effect of driving excess gas and dust out of the still forming solar system and thus there would no longer be enough of the light gases left to form Jupiter and the other three giant gas planets.
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 Apparent Disk of Solar System Object   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
The solar system objects that you can choose are Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter.
This system runs opposite the direction of rotation from 0 to 360 degrees; that is, for direct (prograde) rotation, longitudes are positive in the westward direction on the surface of the body.
This is the system that is used in the Astronomical Almanac for the physical ephemerides of the planets.
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 Solar System Forensics :: Astrobiology Magazine ::
Scientists have long argued whether the chemical compounds created in the early solar system were produced with the help of the energy of the early sun or were formed by other means.
They conclude in their paper that the slight excess of one isotope of sulfur, ³³S, in the meteorites indicated the presence of "photochemical reactions in the early solar nebula," meaning that the protosun was shining strongly enough to drive chemical reactions.
Astronomers believe the solar nebula began to form about 5 billion years ago when a cloud of interstellar gas and dust was disturbed, possibly by the shock wave of a large exploding star, and collapsed under its own gravity.
www.astrobio.net /news/article1682.html   (672 words)

  
 The Solar System - Spacetides
Prominences (solar flares) are immense clouds of glowing gas that erupt from the upper chromosphere.
Geological activity occurs, but the planet is still stable enough to provide conditions for life.
Pluto is the only planet in our solar system which has not been visited or flown-by by an unmanned space probe.
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 Comparative Geology: Earth and Mars
Impact craters are undoubtedly the most common geological features in the solar system.
Apollinaris features an unusually large complex summit caldera 85 kilometers across and 1 kilometer deep, and a basal scarp up to 1 kilometer high.
This scene features an overview of the western third of the Valles Marineris, from Tithonium and Ius Chasma to western Candor Chasma.
www.astro.washington.edu /labs/clearinghouse150/labs/Mars/comgeol.html   (1247 words)

  
 Planetary geology Summary
Space and planetary geology comprises that branch of the discipline of geology that applies basic scientific principles to the study of the origin, development, and characteristics of solar system objects such as planets, satellites, asteroids, comets, meteorites, and interplanetary dust particles.
During the period 1880 to 1925, several telescopic maps of topographic and geological features of Mercury and Mars were produced.
Planetary geology is a planetary science discipline concerned with the geology of the celestial bodies such as the planets and their moons, asteroids, comets, and meteorites.
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 Wikinfo | Geography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Physical geography or physiography is a branch of geography that focuses on the systematic study of patterns and processes within the hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere.
Remaining within the field of Geography as an Earth science, it makes use of biology to understand global flora and fauna patterns, and of mathematics and physics to understand the motion of the earth and relationship with other bodies in the solar system.
The geology of other planets is discussed at Geological features of the solar system.
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