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On prediction and discovery of lunar oresSampling of lunar material and remote geochemical, mineralogical, and photogeologic sensing of the lunar surface, while meager, provide first-cut information about lunar composition and geochemical separation processes. Knowledge of elemental abundances in known lunar materials indicates which common lunar materials might serve as ores if there is economic demand and if economical extraction processes can be developed, remote sensing can be used to extend the understanding of the Moon's major geochemical separations and to locate potential ore bodies. Observed geochemical processes might lead to ores of less abundant elements under extreme local conditions.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Haskin, Larry A.
(Washington Univ. Saint Louis, MO, United States)
Colson, Russell O.
(Washington Univ. Saint Louis, MO, United States)
Vaniman, David
(Washington Univ. Saint Louis, MO, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: Arizona Univ., Resources of Near-Earth Space: Abstracts
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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