Thermal and Magmatic Evolution of the Moon

  title={Thermal and Magmatic Evolution of the Moon},
  author={Charles Shearer and Paul C. Hess and Mark A. Wieczorek and Matthew E. Pritchard and Elinor M Parmentier and Lars E. Borg and John Longhi and Linda T. Elkins‐Tanton and Clive R. Neal and Irene Antonenko and Robin M. Canup and Alexander N. Halliday and Timothy L. Grove and Bradford H. Hager and Der-Chuen Lee and Uwe Wiechert},
  journal={Reviews in Mineralogy \& Geochemistry},
As with all science, our continually developing concepts of lunar evolution are firmly tied to both new types of observations and the integration of these observations to the known pool of data. This process invigorates the intellectual foundation on which old models are tested and new concepts are built. Just as the application of new observational tools to lunar science in 1610 (Galileo’s telescope) and 1840 (photography) yielded breakthroughs concerning the true nature of the lunar surface… 

Constraining the Evolutionary History of the Moon and the Inner Solar System: A Case for New Returned Lunar Samples

The Moon is the only planetary body other than the Earth for which samples have been collected in situ by humans and robotic missions and returned to Earth. Scientific investigations of the first

Lunar meteorites: new insights into the geological history of the Moon

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Evolution, Lunar: from Magma Ocean to Crust Formation

The lunar crust provides a record of the planetary formation and early evolutionary processes and contains a wealth of information about the origin and evolution of the Earth-Moon system (e.g.,

On the chronology of lunar origin and evolution

An origin of the Moon by a Giant Impact is presently the most widely accepted theory of lunar origin. It is consistent with the major lunar observations: its exceptionally large size relative to the

Understanding the origin and evolution of water in the Moon through lunar sample studies

  • M. AnandR. TartèseJ. Barnes
  • Physics, Geology
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
  • 2014
It is revealed that at least some portions of the lunar interior are as water-rich as some Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalt source regions on Earth and that the water in the Earth and the Moon probably share a common origin.

the Moon through lunar sample studies Understanding the origin and evolution of water in

A paradigm shift has recently occurred in ourknowledge and understanding of water in the lunarinterior. This has transpired principally throughcontinued analysis of returned lunar samples usingmodern

Improved Views of the Moon in the Early Twenty First Century: A Review

The twenty first century was an exciting epoch in planetary exploration, when a large number of lunar scientific achievements were accomplished. New missions in the first decade of the twenty first



Internal constitution and evolution of the moon

The Origin and Earliest History of the Earth

From interstellar gas to the Earth‐Moon system

Abstract— This paper reports the current status of my smoothed particle hydrodynamic (SPH) simulations of the formation of the Moon. Since the Moon has recently been found to have been formed

On the early thermal state of the moon

New theories for the formation of the moon from an accretion disk thrown into circumterrestrial orbit after the collision of a planet-sized object with the earth have led to a reexamination of the


The model of lunar evolution in which the anorthositic plagioclase-rich oldest crust of the moon is formed over a period of 300 Myr or less by crystallization as it floats on a global ocean of magma

The competition between thermal contraction and differentiation in the stress history of the Moon

The scarcity of both extension and compression features on the Moon strongly constrains the history of the lunar radius—to variations of less than ±1 km over the past 3.8 Gyr. This limit has

Mare volcanism and lunar crustal structure

It is pointed out that the concept of hydrostatic head, the height to which a fluid at a given pressure will rise in a gravitational field, can be usefully applied to magmatic liquids and to a number

Lunar asymmetry and palaeomagnetism

The compositional asymmetry between the nearside and farside of the Moon and the natural remanent magnetism (NRM) of lunar rocks are poorly understood. The compositional asymmetry is indicated by the