Solar system

Rocky planets

Rocky planets

The planets Rockies are the four innermost in the Solar System: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.

They are called rocky or terrestrial because they have a compact rocky surface, like Earth's. Venus, Earth, and Mars have more or less significant atmospheres, while Mercury has almost no.

On these rocky planets there has been a very high selection of matter, giving rise to products such as uranium, thorium, and potassium, with unstable nuclei that accompany radioactive fission phenomena. These elements have developed enough heat to generate volcanism and important tectonic processes. Some are still active and have erased the features of their original surface.

Beyond Mars extends a huge distance to Jupiter, occupied by thousands of rock fragments, the asteroids, which form a kind of belt, as if it were a fragmented planet or the pieces that never came together to form it.

In this chapter:

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