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The differentiated Earth

The Differentiated Earth_HERO

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The differentiation, or organization, of the Earth into layers is perhaps the most significant event in its history. It led to the formation of a core, a crust, and eventually continents. The light elements were driven from the interior to form an ocean and atmosphere.

These four blocks are the same size. But they have different densities, and therefore their masses are also different. Lift each one to compare their weights.

For Educators

Topic: Earth Sciences

Subtopic: Earth Structure

Keywords: Continents, Ocean, Atmosphere, Geology, Earth (Planet)--Crust, Earth (Planet)--Core

Audience: General