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Cataclysm No More: New Views on the Timing and Delivery of Lunar Impactors

Overview of attention for article published in Origins of Life & Evolution of the Biosphere, May 2017
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Title
Cataclysm No More: New Views on the Timing and Delivery of Lunar Impactors
Published in
Origins of Life & Evolution of the Biosphere, May 2017
DOI 10.1007/s11084-017-9536-3
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Nicolle E. B. Zellner

Abstract

If properly interpreted, the impact record of the Moon, Earth's nearest neighbour, can be used to gain insights into how the Earth has been influenced by impacting events since its formation ~4.5 billion years (Ga) ago. However, the nature and timing of the lunar impactors - and indeed the lunar impact record itself - are not well understood. Of particular interest are the ages of lunar impact basins and what they tell us about the proposed "lunar cataclysm" and/or the late heavy bombardment (LHB), and how this impact episode may have affected early life on Earth or other planets. Investigations of the lunar impactor population over time have been undertaken and include analyses of orbital data and images; lunar, terrestrial, and other planetary sample data; and dynamical modelling. Here, the existing information regarding the nature of the lunar impact record is reviewed and new interpretations are presented. Importantly, it is demonstrated that most evidence supports a prolonged lunar (and thus, terrestrial) bombardment from ~4.2 to 3.4 Ga and not a cataclysmic spike at ~3.9 Ga. Implications for the conditions required for the origin of life are addressed.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Slovenia 1 2%
Unknown 41 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 24%
Student > Master 7 17%
Researcher 6 14%
Other 5 12%
Professor 3 7%
Other 8 19%
Unknown 3 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 18 43%
Physics and Astronomy 6 14%
Chemistry 3 7%
Engineering 2 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 2%
Other 4 10%
Unknown 8 19%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 13. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 03 December 2020.
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