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Terrestrial planets contain much more of the heavy elements (such as iron and silicon) and less of the lighter elements (such as hydrogen and helium). Terrestrial planets are smaller and denser, and are also closer to the sun, and hence warmer as well. Gas giants are distant and cold.

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The Asteroid Belt is a demarcation between the gas giants and terrestrial type planets.


Gas giants are big and made of gas whereas terrestrial planets are smaller and are made of rock.


Gas giants are made up of gas however terrestrial planets arent and gas giants are huge


In the case of our Solar System:* The terrestrial planets are closer to the Sun. * The gas giants are much larger than the terrestrial planets. * The gas giants don't have a surface on which you can stand. A related fact is that gas giants have a much lower average density.


Terrestrial planets are solid and gaseous planets are made of gas. Gaseous planets are huge and terrestrial planets are small. Gas giants are far from the sun and terrestrial planets are close to the sun.


Terrestrial planets are rocky and are the inner four planets. Gas giants are made of gases and are the outer four planets.


All terrestrial planets are able to maintain life, but the gas giants cannot.


The Terrestrial Planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. The Gas Giants are Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune.


terrestrial are planets that are the inner planets since there are made up of rock. but on the other hand. the outer planets are the gas giants. or the outer planets. they are made up of various gasses.


Jovian planets are all gas giants. They have no solid surface and are just made of gas. They are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars are all terrestrial planets meaning they have solid surfaces.


The terrestrial planets are small in size and mass, they are rocky, solid and dense, all four terrestrial planets have 3 moons between them. They are warm and close to the sun. Terrestrial planets USUALLY have thin atmosphere. The Gas Giants are huge in size, have rings made from dust, debris, ice, rock. They very cold (not close to the sun at all) and light (made from gas.) They have several moons between them (167, I think) and lastly Gas Giants usually have thick and deep atmosphere.


Bigger planets are more likely to be gas giants while smaller ones are more likely to be terrestrial. This of course is not the answer to your question which is, of all planets that may exist, is there a greater likelyhood of there being terrestrial planets or gas giants?


All of the terrestrial planets are within 1.52 AU of the Sun. All of the gas giants are greater then 5 AU of the sun. The relationship is that most of the terrestrial planets are very close to the sun while gas giants are much further away.


Terrestrial planets are made of rock. Jovian planets are gas giants.


terrestrial or 'rocky' planets gas giants


The greatest difference is in their size. Gas giants are large but have a very low average density (much of their size includes their atmospheres). From a physical standpoint, terrestrial (rocky) planets have a solid exterior surface. Jovian (gas giant) planets instead exhibit a smooth range of increasing density, and do not have the abrupt change to solidity that terrestrial planets exhibit.


The inner planets are called terrestrial planets because they consist of a solid surface, unlike the gas giants. The terrestrial planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.


the difference between our solar system and the scientists is that we put terrestrial and gas giants where as they only put planets. Do u guys know any other ones?


The jovian planets have no solid ground just compressed gases the terrestrial planets have solid ground. The Jovian planets are named gas giants because they are farther then the sun and are not solid and the terrestrial planets are closer to the sun and do not have as much gases.


no, these are the gas giants, or four outer gas planets. The terrestrial planets are the four inner planets, which are much smaller.


Gas giants and terrestrial planets.


The terrestrial planets are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. All the other planets in our solar system are gas giants.


Terrestrial planets have terra firma, a.k.a. hard ground. The gas giants are giant balls of gas.


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the inner planets are called terrestrial planets because of the rocky surfaces.