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Planet OrbitLunar Orbit Resonances and the History of the Earth-Moon System

Some Special Perks for Earth by Having Jupiter and Venus in the Neighborhood
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Abstract

After reviewing a number of geology and astronomy textbooks, a reader gets the feeling that the Moon is not all that important in the development of our habitable planet. The Moon raises ocean tides on the planet and it serves as a “night lantern” and these features of the Moon have been important for some human endeavors (e.g., in production of food crops in coastal areas and, in some special circumstances, in military campaigns at specific times in human history). But the question posed here is: HAS THE MOON BEEN IMPORTANT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PLANET EARTH INTO THE ONLY PLANET THAT WE KNOW OF THAT IS HABITABLE TODAY, AFTER NEARLY 4.6 BILLION YEARS OF GEOLOGICAL EVOLUTION?

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Semimajor Axis Planet Orbit Lunar Orbit Tidal Regime Earth Radius 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geosciences DepartmentDenison UniversityGranvilleUSA

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