The Capture Hypothesis of the Origin of the Moon

  • Harold C. Urey


At the conference Professor Urey gave an outline of those ideas which he had developed during the past few years which have a bearing on the origin of the Moon. Papers showing the development of these ideas are given in the bibliography appended to this abstract.


Solar System Adiabatic Compression Capture Process Monthly Notice Iron Meteorite 


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  1. Urey, H. C. (1958), “The Early History of the Solar System as Indicated by the Meteorites.” Hugo Müller Lecture, Proc. Chem. Soc., London, March 1958, p. 67.Google Scholar
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© Plenum Press 1966

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