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Re: Sauropods vs. Gravity



In my ms. below, the emphasis italics disappeared, so I have placed my
emphasis in ALL CAPS and am trying again.  Sorry.

James R. Cunningham wrote:

> The gravitational attraction is proportional to the mass, and to the
> inverse square of the distance between the two bodies.
> (halve the distance, and the attraction goes up by a factor of 4).  So,
> for a given mass the gravitational attraction at the
> surface is stronger if the radius of the body is smaller.  This is also
> why objects in elliptical orbits move faster when near
> perigee than near apogee.
>
> Jim
>
> Darryl Jones wrote:
>
>    At 03:28 PM 3/3/2002, you wrote:
>
>   I looked up this topic and found this from the USGS:
>
>   "Gravitation is the force of attraction between two bodies, such as
> the Earth and our body. The strength of this
>   attraction depends on the mass of the two bodies AND the INVERSE SQUARE
> OF THE distance between them." [emphasis JIM'S]
>
>   What am I missing?