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Lunar magnetic historyThe origin of the lunar magnetic field remains a mystery. None of the various speculations are convincing. Suggestions of an early solar system field are not consistent with the low magnetization of the oldest samples. Models based upon a close approach of the Moon to the Earth have to account for the 300 M.Y. approach. Lunar dynamo models must explain why this dynamo which must operate in so small a core can operate so efficiently. It is concluded that it is now hard to escape from the idea that there was a relatively strong ancient lunar field between 3.9 and 3.6 B.Y. Moreover it is curious that the existence of this field coincided with the termination of the heavy bombardment of the Moon and mare basalt extrusion.
Document ID
19850005406
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Cisowski, S. M. (California Univ. Santa Barbara, CA, United States)
Fuller, M. (California Univ. Santa Barbara, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar Planetary Inst. Conf. on the Origin of the Moon
Subject Category
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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