The Remanent Magnetization of Lunar Soils

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Science  13 Oct 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4057, pp. 154-156
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4057.154


The magnetic material in the lunar soils makes them potentially strong carriers of remanence and magnetically viscous. The soils therefore block remanence in the temperature range of the lunar diurnal cycle. This remanence is stable against alternating-field demagnetization. A mechanism whereby such hard natural remanent magnetization may be acquired by material buried in the regolith is proposed.