What does 'planetary differentiation' mean?

1 Answer
Nov 12, 2016

Planetary differentiation is the process for studying changes in

temperature and consequent changes in the constituents of

space bodies, like planets.

The temperature change leads to pressure and chemical changes

that change the surface, crust and mantle. The study includes

study of magma ( molten rocks ) in the crust. This differentiation can

be regarded as partial differentiation of the function

P(time; temperature), with respect to time and temperature. The

related functions of pressure, density, constituent materials

( elements/(minerals/chemicals ) in the planetary matter are derived

from P, and the parameters involved in the making of the planet