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Ion microprobe mass analysis of plagioclase from 'non-mare' lunar samplesThe ion microprobe was used to measure the composition and distribution of trace elements in lunar plagioclase, and these analyses are used as criteria in determining the possible origins of some nonmare lunar samples. The Apollo 16 samples with metaclastic texture and high-bulk trace-element contents contain plagioclase clasts with extremely low trace-element contents. These plagioclase inclusions represent unequilibrated relicts of anorthositic, noritic, or troctolitic rocks that have been intermixed as a rock flour into the KREEP-rich matrix of these samples. All of the plagioclase-rich inclusions which were analyzed in the KREEP-rich Apollo 14 breccias were found to be rich in trace elements. This does not seem to be consistent with the interpretation that the Apollo 14 samples represent a pre-Imbrium regolith, because such an ancient regolith should have contained many plagioclase clasts with low trace-element contents more typical of plagioclase from the pre-Imbrium crust. Ion-microprobe analyses for Ba and Sr in large plagioclase phenocrysts in 14310 and 68415 are consistent with the bulk compositions of these rocks and with the known distribution coefficients for these elements. The distribution coefficient for Li (basaltic liquid/plagioclase) was measured to be about 2.
Document ID
19750055512
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Authors
Meyer, C., Jr.
Anderson, D. H.
Bradley, J. G. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, Tex., United States)
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1974
Subject Category
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Meeting Information
Lunar Science Conference(Houston, TX)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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