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U-Pb isotopic ages and characteristics of ancient (greater than 4.0 Ga) lunar highland rocksA review of the present (and certainly sparse) U-Pb isotopic database for ancient (greater than 4.0 Ga) lunar highland rocks indicates that both early-forming anorthosites and high-Mg suite rocks were formed from sources with a wide variety of U-238/Pb-204(mu) values as early as 4.44 Ga. The U-Pb data from Apollo 16 anorthosites 67075, 60025, and 62337 indicate source-mu values between approximately 55 and approximately 350; whereas values for high-Mg suite rocks are tentatively considered to be over 500, similar to KREEP sources. At present, I interpret the data to indicate that either early cumulates were formed slowly in a magma environment that allowed isotopic reequilibration or mixing over a long period of crystallization, or these cumulates formed from rapidly-evolving (both geochemically and isotopically) residual liquids. It is possible that an early bombardment period played a role in the mixing process.
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Conference Paper
Premo, W. R. (Geological Survey Denver, CO, 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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