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Constraints on lunar origin: Evidence preserved in Precambrian stromatolitesThe existence of subaqueous unicellular algae and bacteria from the Precambrian period is evidenced by strongly abundant fossilized structures consisting of many layers of usually darker algae-bacterial growth alternating with layers of usually lighter sediment-precipitate. The earliest of these are dated to 3.5 billion years ago. A form of these stromatolites, Anabaria juvensis was analyzed and a sinusoidal columnar growth pattern was interpreted to be a response of stromatolite forming microbes to the changing inclination of the Sun over the seasons, with microbe growth rate positively related to solar intensity. Additional specimens are being used to develop a systematic methodology for extracting data evidencing Earth-Moon-Sun dynamics at the time of stromatolite formation. In particular, stromatolites span the time from 1 to 2 billion years ago, critical for several theories of lunar formation and/or Earth/Moon near encounter. Such cataclysmic events would influence stromatolite formation.
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Conference Paper
Vanyo, J. P. (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
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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