(with usual apologies for multiple postings)
The Fall AGU abstract submission deadline is only a couple of days away
(August 3). If you are working on early Earth evolution and Earth-Moon
co-evolution from any disciplinary approaches, then please consider
contributing an abstract to the Union session "U016: The formation and
early evolution of the Earth and the Moon".
Session description: The binary nature of Earth and the Moon is in many
aspects unique in the solar system, including the breathable atmosphere,
biodiversity, and plate tectonics on Earth, and the anomalously large
size of the Moon. It is thought that the Moon-forming giant impact was
the last major accretion event for the proto-Earth, and thus set the
initial condition for the 4.5 billion years’ evolution of the Earth-Moon
system. However, many aspects of the physical and chemical state of the
early Earth and Moon after the giant impact are poorly constrained,
owing to the erased signatures at Earth’s surface due to plate tectonics
and limited accessibility of lunar samples. Yet, the ancient lunar
geological record and the many primordial signatures and ancient
structures of Earth’s deep mantle may together provide invaluable
insights into the earliest dynamics of the Moon and Earth, how the
Earth-Moon system evolved, and why life thrived on our home planet. We
invite contributions from a wide range of disciplines including, but not
limited to, astrophysics, planetary science, petrology, lunar
geoscience, geochemistry, geodynamics, and geophysics, and using
observational, experimental, numerical, and/or theoretical approaches.
We already have an amazing group of invited presentations lined up. The
invited presentations will be given by -
Razvan Caracas (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris), Stephen M.
Elardo (University of Florida), Alexander J. Evans (Brown University),
Ananya Mallik (University of Arizona), Prasun Mahanti (ASU), Yoshinori
Miyazaki (Caltech), Sen Hu (IGGCAS, China), Sandrine Péron (ETH Zürich),
and Raluca Rufu (SwRI, UC Boulder).
We look forward to have you as part of our session and see you in
Chicago or virtually in December.
Qian Yuan, Srinidhi Ravi, Simon Lock, and Rajdeep Dasgupta
Maurice Ewing Professor of Earth Systems Science
Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences
6100 Main Street, MS-126
Houston, TX 77005
Phone: +1-713-348-2664 (office); +1-713-348-2144 (lab)