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Solutions for Chapter 8: Looking for Life Beyond Earth

Full solutions for Investigating Astronomy: A Conceptual View of the Universe | 1st Edition

ISBN: 9781429210638

Solutions for Chapter 8: Looking for Life Beyond Earth

This textbook survival guide was created for the textbook: Investigating Astronomy: A Conceptual View of the Universe, edition: 1. Since 7 problems in chapter 8: Looking for Life Beyond Earth have been answered, more than 4660 students have viewed full step-by-step solutions from this chapter. Chapter 8: Looking for Life Beyond Earth includes 7 full step-by-step solutions. Investigating Astronomy: A Conceptual View of the Universe was written by and is associated to the ISBN: 9781429210638. This expansive textbook survival guide covers the following chapters and their solutions.

Key Science Terms and definitions covered in this textbook
  • Aerosols

    Tiny solid and liquid particles suspended in the atmosphere.

  • Aurora

    A bright display of ever-changing light caused by solar radiation interacting with the upper atmosphere in the region of the poles.

  • Barrier island

    A low, elongate ridge of sand that parallels the coast.

  • Compound

    A substance formed by the chemical combination of two or more elements in definite proportions and usually having properties different from those of its constituent elements.

  • Cross-bedding

    Structure in which relatively thin layers are inclined at an angle to the main bedding. Formed by currents of wind or water.

  • Daily mean

    The mean temperature for a day that is determined by averaging the 24 hourly readings or, more commonly, by averaging the maximum and minimum temperatures for a day.

  • Fracture zone

    Any break or rupture in rock along which no appreciable movement has taken place.

  • Gradient

    The slope of a stream; generally measured in feet per mile.

  • Incised meander

    Meandering channel that flows in a steep, narrow valley. They form either when an area is uplifted or when base level drops.

  • Peridotite

    An igneous rock of ultramafic composition thought to be abundant in the upper mantle.

  • Photic zone

    The upper part of the ocean into which any sunlight penetrates.

  • Point bar

    A crescent-shaped accumulation of sand and gravel deposited on the inside of a meander.

  • Principal shells

    See Energy levels.

  • Saturation

    The maximum quantity of water vapor that the air can hold at any given temperature and pressure.

  • Shadow zone

    The zone between 104 and 143 degrees distance from an earthquake epicenter in which direct waves do not arrive because of refraction by Earth’s core.

  • Shield volcano

    A broad, gently sloping volcano built from fluid basaltic lavas.

  • Soil

    A combination of mineral and organic matter, water, and air; that portion of the regolith that supports plant growth.

  • Stony-iron meteorite

    One of the three main categories of meteorites. This group, as the name implies, is a mixture of iron and silicate minerals.

  • Tropical wet and dry

    A climate that is transitional between the wet tropics and the subtropical steppes.

  • Zodiac

    A band along the ecliptic containing the 12 constellations of the zodiac.