Questions tagged [differentiation]

Questions about how planets develop layers of different material, with denser cores and less dense crusts.

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Aren't denser bodies more likely to collapse into hydrostatic equilibrium?

It is said that at small sizes, icy planets are more likely to be in hydrostatic equilibrium than terrestrial rocky ones. But why, as a matter of fact? Shouldn't denser bodies be more likely to ...
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Are all the planets differentiated?

The Earth is differentiated, as it has a distinguishable core, mantle and crust with different compositions and densities. Are all the other planets differentiated as well?