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Origin of the MoonThe similarities in siderophile abundances strongly suggest that the Moon was derived from the Earth's mantle after the Earth's core had formed. The energy required to remove material from the Earth's mantle and place it into geocentric orbit can be supplied most readily by impact processes during accretion of the Earth. Impacts of late-accreting, high-velocity planetismals would evaporate many times their masses of mantle material. These gases would be accompanied by a massive spray of shock-melted silicate droplets. It is suggested that the gases produced from such near-equatorial impacts were rapidly spun out into equatorial geocentric orbit. The evaporated material was selectively recondensed, and, accompanied by the shock melted, devolatilized silicate droplets, accreted to form a sediment ring of Earth-orbiting planetismals. This sediment ring also captured a significant proportion of Earth-bound planetismals. The Moon was formed by accretion from planetismals comprising the sediment ring.
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Conference Paper
Ringwood, A. E. (Australian National Univ. Canberra, Australia)
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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