Equilibration in the aftermath of the lunar-forming giant impact

@article{Pahlevan2007EquilibrationIT,
  title={Equilibration in the aftermath of the lunar-forming giant impact},
  author={K. Pahlevan and D. Stevenson},
  journal={Earth and Planetary Science Letters},
  year={2007},
  volume={262},
  pages={438-449}
}
  • K. Pahlevan, D. Stevenson
  • Published 2007
  • Physics, Geology
  • Earth and Planetary Science Letters
  • Abstract Simulations of the moon-forming impact suggest that most of the lunar material derives from the impactor rather than the Earth. Measurements of lunar samples, however, reveal an oxygen isotope composition that is indistinguishable from terrestrial samples, and clearly distinct from meteorites coming from Mars and Vesta. Here we explore the possibility that the silicate Earth and impactor were compositionally distinct with respect to oxygen isotopes, and that the terrestrial magma ocean… CONTINUE READING
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