Review Questions Chapt 9

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SC404.01 February 5, 2008 Page 273 Review Questions Chapter 9 1. Briefly explain why comets, asteroids, and meteorites are so useful in helping us understand the history of the solar system. They are useful in helping us understand the history of our solar system because they are leftover from its birth. 4. What is the difference between a meteor and a meteorite ? How can we distinguish a meteorite from a terrestrial rock? A meteor is only a flash of light caused by a particle entering our atmosphere at high speed. A meteorite is a rock from space that lands on earth. Meteorites are usually covered with a dark, pitted crust and have high metal content and often contain elements rare in Earth rocks. 9. Describe the Kuiper belt and Oort cloud in terms of their locations and the orbits of comets within them. How did comets come to exist in these two regions? The Kuiper belt and Oort cloud are located in the outer solar system. The Kuiper belt
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course SC 404 taught by Professor Neal during the Spring '08 term at Mt. Aloysius.

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