Duncan_Notes_Dynamic_Earth

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  1. 1. The Dynamic Earth
  2. 2. Earth Facts: <ul><li>circumference around the poles is 40,007 km </li></ul><ul><li>circumference around the equator is 40,074 km </li></ul><ul><li>Earth is NOT a perfect sphere… it is a oblate spheroid, a slightly flattened sphere </li></ul><ul><li>Earth’s mass is approximately 6.0 x 10 24 kg </li></ul><ul><li>Earth’s average diameter is 12,735 km </li></ul><ul><li>Difference between the height of the tallest mountains and the depth of the deepest ocean trenches is only 20 km </li></ul>
  3. 3. Layers above the Earth <ul><li>Hydrosphere: all of the water that covers the Earth </li></ul><ul><li>Atmosphere: blanket of gases that surround the Earth; 78% Nitrogen; 21% Oxygen; The rest (1%) is combination of argon, carbon dioxide helium and water </li></ul><ul><li>Atmosphere is divided up into 5 regions </li></ul>
  4. 4. Layers inside the Earth
  5. 5. Layers inside the Earth Crust: The thin, solid outermost zone of the Earth <ul><li>Makes up only 1% of Earth’s mass </li></ul><ul><li>Oceanic Crust: crust under the oceans </li></ul><ul><li>Only 5km to 10km thick </li></ul><ul><li>Continental Crust: crust that makes up the continents </li></ul><ul><li>15km to 80km thick </li></ul><ul><li>Thickest beneath high mountain ranges </li></ul>
  6. 6. Layers inside the Earth Mantle: Zone of rock nearly 2,900km thick Makes up almost 67% of Earth’s mass Layers of the Mantle: Lithosphere: uppermost part of the mantle and the crust above it; cool and brittle. The boundary between the crust and mantle is referred to as the MOHO Asthenosphere: solid rock with the ability to flow due to heat and pressure (plasticity) Mesosphere: increasingly dense and solid rock layer (aka “Lower Mantle”)
  7. 7. Layers inside the Earth Core: Center of the earth made up mostly of iron Outer core: dense liquid layer about 2,250km thick Inner core: dense solid layer about 1,228km thick Together the inner and outer core make up about 33.3 % of Earth’s mass
  8. 9. P and S Waves Liquids and Solids How Do We Know? Seismic Wave Studies We will talk more about seismic waves when we study Earthquakes!
  9. 14. The Complex Motion of the Earth 300 km/sec    • How fast is our Milky Way Galaxy moving in the Local Group of galaxies? 250 km/sec    • How fast is the Solar System moving around the Milky Way Galaxy? 30 km/sec    • How fast is the Earth revolving around the Sun? 0.5 km/sec    • How fast is the Earth spinning?

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