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Subject: Tidal influence on Earth's interior temperature

Date: Mon Sep 15 00:20:49 1997
Posted by Patrick Bishop
Grade level: undergrad
School: University of Oklahoma
City: Norman State/Province: OK
Country: 73071
Area of science: Astronomy
ID: 874300849.As
The volcanism on Jupiter's moon Io is attributed to tidal forces' 
flexing of the moon.  How much distortion of Earth's shape goes on 
because of tidal forces from the moon and sun, and can this diurnal 
flexing account for any of Earth's internal heat?  Could it be a 
contributing reason for why the Earth is still geologically active 
and Mars is not?

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