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Frank H. T. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801478239

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801478239.001.0001

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The Rocky Planet

The Rocky Planet

(p.20) Chapter 3 The Rocky Planet

Frank H. T. Rhodes

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the fundamental “elements” of the planet Earth—rock, air, and water—which make up the construction materials of both the home planet and of all living things. It considers how the Earth's geological features remain “just right,” hence providing the ideal conditions from which life could thrive on. The main focus here, however, is the “rocky” aspect of the planet Earth, hence the chapter's primary aim here is to provide an overview of the Earth's geology, remarking on the ways it is able to sustain life, and compares and contrasts the Earth's physical makeup with the other planets in the solar system.

Keywords:   living things, geology, rocky planet, geology, solar system, Earth, air, water

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