The moon and the planets

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 367–382

The moon as the origin of the Earth's continents

  • Tovy Grjebine

DOI: 10.1007/BF01259292

Cite this article as:
Grjebine, T. The Moon and the Planets (1980) 22: 367. doi:10.1007/BF01259292


Paleontological data and celestial mechanics suggest that the Moon may have stayed in a geosynchronous corotation around the Earth as a geostationary satellite. Excess energy may have slowly been released as heat, transferred as movement around the Sund or lost with matter ejected into space.

The radial segregation process which was responsible for the formation of the Earth's iron core also brought water and lithophile elements dissolved in the water towards the surface. These elements were deposited in the area facing the Moon for several reasons, and a single continent was formed. Its level continuously matched the sea level, so the continent was formed under shallow water. When the geosynchronous corotation of the Moon became impossible, the tides become important, the Moon receded and the Earth slowed down and became more and more spherical; the variation of its oblateness from about 8% to 0.3% was incompatible with the shape of the continent, that broke into pieces.

Almost all the data were have on the Earth's age, the composition of the continents, sea water and the atmosphere fit this approach as does lunar data.

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© D. R. Reidel Publishing Co 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tovy Grjebine
    • 1
  1. 1.Intergroupe Energie de la MajoritéAssemblée NationaleParisFrance

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