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Solutions for Chapter 20: Earth: The Standard Of Comparative Planetology

Full solutions for Foundations of Astronomy | 11th Edition

ISBN: 9781439050354

Solutions for Chapter 20: Earth: The Standard Of Comparative Planetology

This expansive textbook survival guide covers the following chapters and their solutions. Since 14 problems in chapter 20: Earth: The Standard Of Comparative Planetology have been answered, more than 3051 students have viewed full step-by-step solutions from this chapter. Chapter 20: Earth: The Standard Of Comparative Planetology includes 14 full step-by-step solutions. This textbook survival guide was created for the textbook: Foundations of Astronomy, edition: 11. Foundations of Astronomy was written by and is associated to the ISBN: 9781439050354.

Key Science Terms and definitions covered in this textbook
  • Aneroid barometer

    An instrument for measuring air pressure that consists of evacuated metal chambers very sensitive to variations in air pressure.

  • Angle of repose

    The steepest angle at which loose material remains stationary without sliding downslope.

  • Biomass

    The total mass of a defined organism or group of organisms in a particular area or ecosystem.

  • Climate-feedback mechanism

    Because the atmosphere is a complex interactive physical system, several different possible outcomes may result when one of the system’s elements is altered. These various possibilities are called climate-feedback mechanisms.

  • Column

    A feature found in caves that is formed when a stalactite and stalagmite join.

  • Compressional mountains

    Mountains in which great horizontal forces have shortened and thickened the crust. Most major mountain belts are of this type.

  • Degenerate matter

    Extremely dense solar material caused by electrons being displaced inward toward an atom’s nucleus.

  • Drainage basin

    The land area that contributes water to a stream.

  • Drawdown

    The difference in height between the bottom of a cone of depression and the original height of the water table.

  • Flare

    A sudden brightening of an area on the Sun.

  • Giant (star)

    A luminous star of large radius.

  • Glacier

    A thick mass of ice originating on land from the compaction and recrystallization of snow that shows evidence of past or present flow.

  • Glaze

    A coating of ice on objects formed when supercooled rain freezes on contact.

  • Inner core

    The solid innermost layer of Earth, about 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) in radius.

  • Inner planets

    See Terrestrial planets.

  • Mantle

    The 2,900-kilometer- (1,800-mile-) thick layer of Earth located below the crust.

  • Spectroscope

    An instrument for directly viewing the spectrum of a light source.

  • Sunspot

    A dark spot on the Sun, which is cool by contrast to the surrounding photosphere.

  • Wavelength

    The horizontal distance separating successive crests or troughs.

  • Weathering

    The disintegration and decomposition of rock at or near Earth’s surface.

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