The tidal–rotational shape of the Moon and evidence for polar wander

  title={The tidal–rotational shape of the Moon and evidence for polar wander},
  author={I. Garrick-Bethell and V. Perera and F. Nimmo and M. Zuber},
  • I. Garrick-Bethell, V. Perera, +1 author M. Zuber
  • Published 2014
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The origin of the Moon’s large-scale topography is important for understanding lunar geology, lunar orbital evolution and the Moon’s orientation in the sky. Previous hypotheses for its origin have included late accretion events, large impacts, tidal effects and convection processes. However, testing these hypotheses and quantifying the Moon’s topography is complicated by the large basins that have formed since the crust crystallized. Here we estimate the large-scale lunar topography and gravity… CONTINUE READING
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