How Do We Know about Layers Deep within Earth?
ES0402  A View from Above

A photograph of Earth from space shows a beautiful view of the exterior of our home planet, but it doesn’t provide any clear hints about what’s inside. Or does it?

  • What do you think Earth is like beneath the surface?
  • What processes do we observe on Earth’s surface that tell us something about the inside of our planet?

  !   Examine the image. Consider what we see on Earth’s surface that provides us with clues about its interior.

An astronaut's view of Earth

1. What evidence do you see of the dynamic nature of our planet?

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