Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2015

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Symbol B (Biogeosciences) » B-PT Paleontology

[B-PT23] Decoding the history of Earth: From Hadean to Modern

Mon. May 25, 2015 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM 104 (1F)

Convener:*Tsuyoshi Komiya(Department of Earth Science & Astronomy Graduate School of Arts and Sciences The University of Tokyo), Yasuhiro Kato(Department of Systems Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo), Katsuhiko Suzuki(Institute for Research on Earth Evolution, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology), Chair:Shogo Aoki(Graduate School of arts and science, University of Tokyo)

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

[BPT23-01] Splashed Hadean Seawater Hypothesis

*Hidenori GENDA1, Yuichiro UENO2, Tomohiro USUI2, Shoji UETA2, Julien FORIEL1, Huiming BAO3, Tao SUN4 (1.Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2.Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 3.Louisiana State University, 4.JSC NASA)

We propose a new hypothesis that the information about the Hadean Earth's seawater was recorded on the Moon's surface. Understanding of the Hadean Earth's environment is a key to reveal the origin of life on the Earth. However, the information about the Hadean Earth's environment is very limited, because there is no geological rock record on the present Earth. Therefore, we focus on the Moon. Hadean Earth experienced a lot of asteroid and/or comet bombardments, and some amount of Hadean seawater should be splashed into the space. Some fraction of salt dissolved in Hadean seawater should spread over the Moon's surface. According to our preliminary estimate, about 20% of Hadean seawater would be splashed out. Since the Moon orbited much closer to the Earth in Hadean time, significant amount of salt that was dissolved in the Hadean seawater is carried to the Moon's surface. We investigated the feasibility of this hypothesis, and discussed how to test this hypothesis.