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Core formation in the Moon: The mystery of the excess depletion of Mo, W and PWe have evaluated siderophile element depletion models for the Moon in light of our improved statistical treatment of siderophile element abundance data and new information on the physics of core formation. If core formation occurred in the Moon at the large degrees of partial melting necessary for metal segregation, according to recent estimates, then a significant inconsistency (not seen in the eucrite parent body) exists in the depletion of the incompatible siderophile elements Mo, W, and P, compared to other siderophile elements in the Moon. The siderophile data, with the exception of Mo, are most consistent with terrestrial initial siderophile abundances and segregation of a very small core in the Moon. Our improved abundance estimates and possible explanations for these discrepancies are discussed.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Newsom, H. E. (New Mexico Univ. Albuquerque, NM, United States)
Maehr, S. A. (New Mexico Univ. Albuquerque, NM, United States)
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 3: N-Z
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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