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Ge 194 Icy satellites and dwarf planets. 3 units; first term, with continuation into second term if there is interest. Prerequisite: Ge 103 or equivalent. Read 1 or 2 papers per week and discuss them in class. Two discussion leaders each week chosen at random at the start of class. The solar system objects include Ceres, Enceladus, Europa, Pluto/Charon and Vesta. The discipline-related topics include composition, surface history, tides, frosts, plumes, and oceans. Whether to organize by object or by discipline will evolve with experience during the term. Instructor: Ingersoll