Craters on the Moon from Galileo to Wegener : a Short History of the Impact Hypothesis , and Implications for the Study of Terrestrial Impact Craters

@inproceedings{Koeberl2001CratersOT,
  title={Craters on the Moon from Galileo to Wegener : a Short History of the Impact Hypothesis , and Implications for the Study of Terrestrial Impact Craters},
  author={Christian Koeberl},
  year={2001}
}
The origin of lunar craters has been discussed for centuries, since they were discovered by Galilei in 1609. The majority of researchers were of the opinion that they are volcanic structures, but a variety of “exotic” explanations that included tidal forces, circular glaciers, and coral atolls was also considered. The meteorite impact hypothesis had been discussed a few times, starting with Hooke in 1665, and formulated in more detail by Proctor in 1873 and Gilbert in 1893. However, this theory… CONTINUE READING