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Vaporization by shock loading of albite, jadeite, and pyrex glass: Experimental studyProduced by shock experiments impact melts of albite, jadeite, and Pyrex glass demonstrate a loss of both Na and Al relative to Si, which can be due to selective vaporization. It is suggested that the high volatility of Al is related to volatility of a Na-Al compound of proposed NaAlO2 composition. The similar loss of Al and Na seems to be possible during tektite-forming processes. A degree of selective vaporization and modification of a melt chemical composition during impact processes is still poorly understood. The selective vaporization of some elements has been shown by shock experiments. The vaporization and condensation processes can take place in the lunar regolith. On this basis, there are hypotheses explaining differentiation of planetary bodies through the impact vaporization. On the other hand, studies of tektites, impact glasses, and lunar soils show that bulk compositions of impact melts are not modified significantly. In order to estimate degree of the vaporization during shock fusion, chemical compositions of experimentally produced impact melts were studied. We chose Al-containing compositions, because a high volatilization of Al during unequlibrated evaporization had been demonstrated.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Badjukov, D. D.
(Academy of Sciences (USSR) Moscow, Ussr)
Petrova, T. L.
(Institute of Lithosphere Moscow, Russia)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Twenty-fourth Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Part 1: A-F
Subject Category
Nonmetallic Materials
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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