Geophysical constraints on lunar bulk composition and structure: a reassessment.

L. L. Hood, J. H. Jones

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Theoretical lunar mantle seismic velocity and density profiles are calculated for a series of proposed bulk compositions, present-day selenotherms, and models for early differentiation and evolution. The seismic velocity profiles are compared to the most recent observational model derived from the complete Apollo data set to evaluate compositional implications. The mantle density profiles are compared to mean density, moment-of-inertia, and crustal density/thickness constraints to evaluate the need for a metallic core.-from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-410
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of geophysical research
Issue numberB4
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology


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