Origin of the Earth and Moon

  • A. E. Ringwood

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Composition and Constitution of the Earth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Origin of the Earth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
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  4. The Moon and Planets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 255-295

About this book


Since the beginning of civilization, the origins of the Earth and Moon have been the subjects of continuing interest, speculation, and enquiry. These are also among the most challenging of all scientific problems. They are, perhaps to a unique degree, interdisciplinary, having attracted the attention of philosophers, astronomers, mathematicians, geologists, chemists, and physicists. A large and diverse literature has developed, far beyond the capacity of individuals to assimilate adequately. Consequently, most of those who attempt to present review-syntheses in the area tend to reflect the perspectives of their own particular disciplines. The present author's approach is that of a geochemist, strongly influenced by the basic phil­ osophy of Harold Urey. Whereas most astronomical phenomena are controlled by gravitational and magnetic fields, and by nuclear interactions, Urey (1952) emphasized that the formation of the solar system occurred in a pressure-temperature regime wherein the chemical properties of matter were at least as important as those of gravitational and magnetic fields. This was the principal theme of his 1952 book, "The Planets," which revolutionized our approach to this subject. In many subsequent papers, Urey strongly emphasized the importance of meteorites in providing critical evidence of chemical conditions in the primordial solar nebula, and of the chemical fractionation processes which occurred during formation of the terrestrial planets. This approach has been followed by most subsequent geochemists and cosmochemists.


Erde Geochemie Kosmos Mond Origin Sonnensystem earth fields geochemistry gravitation metals moon planet solar system universe

Authors and affiliations

  • A. E. Ringwood
    • 1
  1. 1.Research School of Earth SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-6167-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-6169-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-6167-4
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