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Nickel-cobalt systematics and their bearing on lunar originThe earliest metal phases to crystallize from the least-fabricated low Ti mare basalts contain about 30% Ni and 2 to 7% of Co. Experimental investigations of partitioning of Ni and Co between primitive lunar basaltic magmas and metal phases are currently in progress. Preliminary results show that the metal phase crystallizing near the liquidus of Green Glass (185 ppm Ni, 70 ppm Co) would contain about 40% Ni and 2.3% Co. It seems, therefore, that if a lunar core does exist, as suggested by the results of (2), it is relatively rich in Ni (30-40%) and Co (2-7%). This composition presents a remarkable contrast to that of the Earth's core which is estimated to contain about 6% Ni and 0.3% Co. Explanations for the differing densities of Earth and Moon are imvestigated.
Document ID
19850005410
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Ringwood, A. E. (Australian National Univ. Canberra, Australia)
Seifert, S. (Australian National Univ. Canberra, Australia)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar Planetary Inst. Conf. on the Origin of the Moon
Subject Category
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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