Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium, Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai'i, 1996

Comparison Charts of Geological Processes
TERRESTRIAL PLANETS
Planet Weathering Erosion and Transportation Deposition
chemical decaymechanical break-upwaterwindicegravity
Mercury"solar wind" chemical changesmeteorite impacts


yeslandslides on inner-crater rims, crater ejecta
Venusheat, acidyes
yes
yeslandslides, wind streaks
Earthwater, acid, oxidation, organicspressure of ice, roots; heating & cooling; saltation in riversyesyesyesyeslandslides, deltas, flood plains, beaches, sand dunes, glacial deposits, soil, dust
Moon
meteorite impacts, heating & cooling


yeslandslides on inner-crater rims, crater ejecta, regolith
Marsoxidationwater and carbon dioxide iceyesyesyesyeslandslides, crater ejecta, wind streaks, sand dunes, channels, regolith, dust






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Planet Volcanism Impact Cratering Tectonics
lava flowspyroclasticsvolcanoes
Mercuryyesprobably
yesyes
Venusyesprobably notyesyesyes
Earthyesyesyesyesyes, global plate tectonics
Moonyesyes
yesyes
Marsyesyesyesyesyes


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