Moon rocks offer new view of lunar dynamo

Alexandra Witze | Nature
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Process that generated magnetism lasted 160 million years longer than previously thought - Clément Suavet, Ben Weiss and Tim Grove in PNAS.

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A new paper by lead-author postdoc Clément Suavet and co-authors, suggests the Moon may have clung to its magnetic field until at least 3.56 billion years ago -- about 160 million years longer than scientists had previously thought. The paper Persistence and origin of the lunar core dynamo is available as an early edition in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Clément Suavet is a postdoctoral associate in the Paleomagnetism Laboratory

Ben Weiss

Tim Grove

Paleomagnetism Laboratory


Suavet, C., B.P. Weiss, W.S. Cassatta, D.L. Shuster, J. Gattacceca, L. Chan, I. Garrick-Bethell, J.W. Head, T.L. Grove, and M.D. Fuller (2013) Persistence and origin of the lunar core dynamo, PNAS published online before print May 6, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1300341110


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