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Most differences in the gross surface morphologies, tectonic styles, overall geologic histories, and atmospheres of the rocky bodies in the solar system can be explained by contributions and dissipation of gravitational and radiogenic energy over geologic time. These two energy sources are large and measurable and can be extrapolated back in time. Accretion was likely cold, and directly converted gravitational potential energy into axial spin, a prominent feature of planets that is otherwise unexplained. Impact heating was mostly limited to planetary surfaces in the final stages of accretion. Frictional dissipation of spin contributed sufficient energy to ignite the primordial...

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