Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018
AST 230 Planetary Geology
(Also GEO 230)
3 lecture, 3 laboratory; 4 credits
The study of the geology of the celestial bodies such as the planets and their moons, asteroids, comets, and meteorites. Specific topics covered are; determining the internal structure of the terrestrial planets, planetary volcanism, impact craters, fluvial and aeolian processes, structures of the giant planets and their moons, make-up of the minor bodies of the solar system, such as asteroids, the Kuiper Belt, and comets, and Exoplanets (The nature of planets found beyond our Solar System). A Term paper, Field trips and/or day and evening astronomical observation sessions will be required.
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