Lunar orbital evolution: A synthesis of recent results

  title={Lunar orbital evolution: A synthesis of recent results},
  author={B. Bills and R. Ray},
  journal={Geophysical Research Letters},
The present rate of tidal dissipation in the Earth-Moon system is known to be anomalously high, in the sense that the implied age of the lunar orbit is only 1.5×109 years, though other evidence suggests an age closer to 4×109 years. To assess how long the anomalous dissipation has persisted, we use published estimates of lunar orbital configurations derived from (a) fine grained sediments containing tidal laminations and (b) numerical ocean models averaged over varying ocean geometries. The… Expand
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