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Implications of lunar palaeomagnetism for the origin of the MoonThree issues relating to the origin of the Moon are investigated: the early formation of a fluid iron core, the nature of primeval heat sources in the Moon and the existence of a primeval satellite systems. The remanent magnetization of the Apollo samples was interpreted as evidence for an internally generated lunar magnetic field. The three independent methods of determining paleointensities (the Thellier, ARM (2) and IRM methods (3) are now in general agreement that the field was about 1 G 3.9 b yr ago declining exponentially to .02 G 3.2 b yr ago. Paleomagnetic directions of crustal strata have been determined from the Apollo 15 and 16 subsatellite magnetometer observations. The question whether these are randomly directed such as would be expected from local magnetization processes or are proof of the existence of an early core dynamo field is one of the key issues of lunar science. Although the presence of a lunar core was long ago suggested and there are now various different, although individually not conclusive arguments, the fit of the paleomagnetic data to the dipole hypothesis is strong evidence for the existence of a molten lunar iron core and implies a powerful heat source present in the earliest history of the Moon.
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Conference Paper
Runcorn, S. K. (Newcastle-upon-Tyne Univ. Newcastle, United Kingdom)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar Planetary Inst. Conf. on the Origin of the Moon
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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