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A region on Mars called Hesperia Planum



Grade Levels

Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12


Planet Earth


Lesson Plans / Activities

The objective of this exercise is to use a Lazy Susan to demonstrate that an object experiences the Coriolis effect – an apparent deflection of its path from a straight line – when moving from the equator to the poles over the surface of a rotating planet.

Coriolis Effect [184KB PDF file]

This activity is part of the Planetary Geology Guide.