Making the Earth and Moon


Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Earth formed 4.5 billion years ago in a series of giant collisions between other planetary bodies, the last of which produced the Moon. The fingerprints of this process can be seen in the chemical compositions of Earth and the Moon, which are remarkably similar. Mathematical models of Earth’s growth, the Moon’s formation, and their evolution to form metallic cores with rocky mantles and crusts offer greater understanding of these observations.

Rebecca Fischer (Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University) will look at the hypotheses for how Earth and the Moon came to be geochemical twins and she will present new models that offer insight into why this occurred.

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