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A chemical model for lunar non-mare rocksNearly all rocks returned from the moon are readily divided into three broad categories on the basis of their chemical compositions: (1) mare basalts, (2) non-mare rocks of basaltic composition (KREEP, VHA), and (3) anorthositic rocks. Only mare basalts may unambiguously be considered to have original igneous textures and are widely understood to have an igneous origin. Nearly all other lunar rocks have lost their original textures during metamorphic and impact processes. For these rocks one must work primarily with chemical data in order to recognize and define rock groups and their possible modes of origin. Non-mare rocks of basaltic composition have chemical compositions consistent with an origin by partial melting of the lunar interior. The simplest origin for rocks of anorthositic chemical composition is the crystallization and removal of ferromagnesian minerals. It is proposed that the rock groups of anorthositic and non-mare basaltic chemical composition could have been generated from a single series of original, but not necessarily primitive, lunar materials.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Hubbard, N. J.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Rhodes, J. M.
(Lockheed Electronics Co. Houston, Tex., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1977
Publication Information
Publication: The Soviet-Am. Conf. on Cosmochem. of the Moon and Planets, pt. 1
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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