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The Cooling of Earth

Planets cool off for many different reasons.

When Earth formed, it became relatively large and warm. Earth also contains many warming elements, so it has not cooled as rapidly as some other planets.

Earth has had a long a complicated cooling history. An understanding of the Earth's history might begin with the record of geologic time.


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