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Earth as a Planet

  • Sreepat Jain
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Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)

Abstract

Earth has been referred by several names as Tellus (the Roman goddess of Earth and a symbol of fertility), Gaia (ancient Greek Earth goddess) and Terra, from the Latin meaning Earth. Earth is the third planet of our Solar System and is placed at a distance of about 150 million km from the Sun. The mean distance between Earth and Sun is used to measure distances within our Solar System. This is called an Astronomical Unit (AU). Detailed statistics of the earth are given in Tables  2.3,  2.5, and  2.6 (see  Chap. 2).

Keywords

Solar System International Space Station Ordinary Chondrite Asteroid Belt Cosmic Body 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New DelhiIndia

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