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Planetary morphologic processes

  • Ronald Greely
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Abstract

Geomorphologists have long recognized that the surface of the Earth is shaped by various processes. These processes are generally placed into three primary groups: (a) tectonic processes, involving deformation of the lithosphere; (b) volcanic processes, involving eruptions of magma onto the surface; and (c) gradational processes, involving the erosion, transportation and deposition of surface materials by various agents, such as wind and water, to bring surfaces to a more uniform level. In the planetary context, we must add a fourth major process, impact cratering, which involves collision of solid objects.

Keywords

Impact Crater Terrestrial Planet Cinder Cone Planetary Surface Central Uplift 
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© R. Greeley 1994

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  • Ronald Greely

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