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Podcast: Planetary Geology, Part 1

Enhanced color image of Mercury. The bright, circular deposit in the upper center of the image is an enormous effusive volcanic deposit, situated within the largest impact crater on the planet, the Caloris basin. Image credit: NASA/JHU APL/CIW

How and why do planets look the way they do? What can Earth tell us about other planets – and vice versa? Paul Byrne, NC State planetary geologist, explains how tectonic, volcanic and impact processes shape planetary surfaces – and what they can teach us about both distant worlds and our own. In part 1 of this two part podcast, we’ll talk about what planetary geology is. In part 2 we’ll explore fascinating facts about our solar system neighbors.

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