Montag, 22. September 2008

Accredtionary Wedge #13: Geologeeeeee in Spaaaaaaaace

The last years have seen a new kind of exploration, robots and space probes have given us insights in the (in part) icy geology of the “rest” of the solar system. But there are also fire worlds, strange tectonic settings, gas giants, where the laws of geology don’t rule no more, eternally frozen worlds… So it was only a matter of time, until the Accretionary Wedge has conquered the deep space, where no geologist is gone before… on
Silver Fox takes a look on the possible future Gold-Iron-Nickel rush in the frontier asteroid rim. But asteroids, and their impacted counterparts’- meteoroids, are not only good to delivery elements trough space, but also create important geomorphic features on the planets of the solar system, like shown by ed.
And speaking from amazing geomorphic features, ever seen a reversed fluvial topography on Mars?
Space can be a very hot place, so hot that new elements can formed, but still so cold that all geology is based on ice or liquid gases, like on Titan 1 e 2.
A often forgotten world of ice is Pluto, the declassified planet. On the other side there is the hell (tectonic) on Venus, or the molten small moon Io.

(This is just a selection of the submissions on the Accretionary Wedge - for the complete list visit the side of Chris I´m still ongoing reading ...)

How long could you survive in the vacuum of space?

1 Kommentar:

Silver Fox hat gesagt…

I didn't see your link to your rock glaciers on Mars post at goodSchist!

Don't forget to add the link - it's a great post, IMO!