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2: Earth’s Interior

  • Page ID
    6056
  • Learning Objectives

    Module Objectives

    • At the completion of this module you will be able to:
    • Explain the variations in the composition and characteristics of Earth’s different layers
    • Compare the characteristics, behavior, and velocities of the two types of seismic body waves, and how they can be used to interpret Earth’s interior.
    • Describe temperature variations within the interior and how this relates to mantle convection.
    • Explain the origins of Earth’s magnetic field.
    • Describe the isostatic relationship between the crust and the mantle, and the implications of that relationship for geological processes on Earth.