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Constraints on the origin of the Moon from molybdenum and other siderophile elementsNew data on the concentration of molybdenum in the mantle of the Earth and in lunar rocks confirm that most siderophile elements in lunar crustal rocks and lunar basalts derived from the interior have significantly lower concentrations than in the Earth's mantle and much lower concentrations compared to chrondritic meteorites. Different but correlated depletions of Co and P have been found in different lunar samples. The Mo data appear to be correlated with the P and Co depletions. The variations siderophile contents may be explained by small variations in the segregation of the siderophile element data which are consistent with theories for either a terrestrial gran independent origin for the Moon. It is suggested that the Moon formed from the Earth's mantle (depleted in siderophile elements) and segregation of metal within the Moon further lowered the concentrations compared to the Earth's mantle. The Mo data support evidence from other siderophile elements that the Moon almost certainly contains a metal core or pools of segregated metal.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Newsom, H. E. (Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Chemie Mainz, Germany)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar Planetary Inst. Conf. on the Origin of the Moon
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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