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The Earth’s Palaeorotation

  • K. Lambeck

Abstract

Scrutton (this Volume) and Lambeck (1978a) have independently reviewed the bivalve, coral, and stromatolite evidence for changes in the length of day and length of month. It is thought that the growth rhythms of these organic structures reflect three astronomical cycles:
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    The number N1 of solar days per year

     
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    The number N2 of solar days per synodic month, and

     
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    The number N3 of synodic months per year.

     

Keywords

Growth Increment Middle Devonian Growth Rhythm Tidal Friction Paleontological Evidence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Lambeck
    • 1
  1. 1.Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National UniversityAustralia

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