Geological constraints on the Precambrian history of Earth's rotation and the Moon's orbit

  title={Geological constraints on the Precambrian history of Earth's rotation and the Moon's orbit},
  author={George E. Williams},
  journal={Reviews of Geophysics},
  pages={37 - 59}
  • G. Williams
  • Published 1 February 2000
  • Geology
  • Reviews of Geophysics
Over the past decade the analysis of sedimentary cyclic rhythmites of tidal origin, i.e., stacked thin beds or laminae usually of sandstone, siltstone, and mudstone that display periodic variations in thickness reflecting a strong tidal influence on sedimentation, has provided information on Earth's paleorotation and the evolving lunar orbit for Precambrian time (before 540 Ma). Depositional environments of tidal rhythmites range from estuarine to tidal delta, with a wave‐protected, distal ebb… 
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  • G. Williams
  • Geology, Environmental Science
    Journal of the Geological Society
  • 1989
Sedimentary rhythmites of siltstone and fine sandstone from late Precambrian (c. 650–800 Ma) glaciogenic formations in South Australia are interpreted as distal ebb-tidal deposits that record
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  • F. Deubner
  • Geology, Environmental Science
    Journal of the Geological Society
  • 1990
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