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Answered 2010-11-22 05:29:52

terrestrial means a planet that is solid and not a gas giant, however even the solid planets have liquid interiors.

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Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars are the solid planets. Such planets are called terrestrial.


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.


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.


Terrestrial planets are the solid planets like Earth and Mars. Jovian planets are those gas planets like Jupiter and Saturn.


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.


It is a solid, as it is one of the terrestrial (rocky) planets


The inner planets are known as terrestrial planets, because you can stand on them and they have a solid surface. The inner planets are: * Mercury * Venus * Earth; and * Mars


Terrestrial means "of the earth" and is used to describe planets with a solid surface. The terrestrial planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.


They're not usually referred to as solid planets, but the four inner, rocky planets (also known as the terrestrial planets) are; Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.


They all have solid, rocky surfaces.


They all have a solid, rocky surface.


they are called terrestrial planets. for example: Mars (The Red Giant)


Solid or terrestrial planets are those whose primary mass is land. The terrestrial planets in the Earth's solar system include Earth, Mercury, Venus, and Mars.


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.


They are not. The inner planets are called terrestrial planets. These planets, including Earth have solid, rocky surfaces. The root of the word terrestrial, Terra, is Latin for "earth." The outer planets are traditionally referred to as Jovian planets, sometimes called gas giants. The term Jovian otherwise refers to the planet Jupiter.


the terrestrial planets are made of rocky substances, whereas the jovian planets are mostly gas and liquid, although Jupiter is likely to have a solid hydrogen core.


The terrestrial planets were formed from the solid matter that formed and orbited closer to the sun. The light gases orbited further from the sun.


Jovian planets do not have a solid surface, therefore their atmospheres are thick all the say to where their surface would be. Their atmospheres have more gasses than those surrounding terrestrial planets.


Mercury is mainly made up of rock as well as the other solid, terrestrial planets. Mars, Mercury, Venus and Earth are the terrestrial planets.


Made of solid material, small, closest to sun.


It has to be mainly solid, not gaseous. The 4 inner planets are like that.



Another name for the terrestrial planets is the inner planets. There are four terrestrial planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.


The terrestrial planets are the inner planets, which are:MercuryVenusEarthMars


gas giants are composed of gas while terrestrial planets are composed of solid matter



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