Planetary interiors compared, artwork

Planetary interiors compared, artwork

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This image is part of the sequence Planetary interiors

Credit: GARY HINCKS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Planetary interiors compared, artwork. These cutaway artworks show the internal layers of the four inner terrestrial (rocky) planets of the solar system, as well as Earth's Moon. From left to right, from closest to the Sun, they are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, the Moon, and Mars. In all five examples, the heat and pressure increase with depth, turning the rocky materials molten. Earth is unique in that it has a strong magnetic field thought to be caused by motions in its liquid iron core. The relative size of the segments correspond to the relative sizes of the planets and the Moon.

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