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Origin of the Apollo 15 very low Ti green glass. A perspective from the compositional diversity in the very low Ti glassesThe very low Ti green glasses from the Apollo 15 site have intrigued scientists for over 20 years. Their primitive composition has been used to understand magmatic processes and the structure of the moon. The compositional variability observed in the Apollo 15 glass population has long been a point of debate. Initial studies did not recognize the compositional diversity in the glasses. Stolper et al. documented the major element variability and concluded it could not be produced by magmatic processes and therefore concluded that these glasses must be of impact origin. Subsequent studies confirmed a volcanic origin for the glass population and attempted to elucidate magmatic processes to account for its compositional variability. Models that have been proposed for these glasses include the following: (1) the crystallization of single or multiple phases (olivine, pyroxene, Fe metal, immiscible sulfide); (2) the incompatible behavior of Ni and Co during multiple phase crystallization at extremely low fO2; and (3) magma or source mixing. All of these models have problems. Type (1) models appear not to be consistent with recent trace element studies on the glasses; model (2) is dependent on the debatable incompatible behavior of Ni and Co, and, in models of type (3), the origin and nature of mixing models are somewhat unconstrained. This study compares the Apollo 15 green glasses with the very low Ti picritic glasses from other landing sites.
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Conference Paper
Shearer, C. K. (New Mexico Univ. Albuquerque, NM, United States)
Papike, J. J. (New Mexico Univ. Albuquerque, NM, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
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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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