Limits on the lunar temperature profile

L. L. Hood, C. P. Sonett

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Limits on the selenotherm are estimated using (1) a preferred set of bounds on the lunar electrical conductivity profile; (2) published laboratory conductivity vs. temperature data for an olivine and several aluminous orthopyroxenes; and (3) estimates for the Al2O3 content of the deep interior suggested by bulk composition models. The inferred limits are narrowest in the depth range 450 to 1350 km and are in accord with independent geophysical constraints. Thermal history models which yield present‐day selenotherms that are in best agreement with these limits are those which permit subsolidus convection at depths greater than 800 km in the moon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-40
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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