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Distribution, movement, and evolution of the volatile elements in the lunar regolithThe abundances and distributions of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur in lunar soils are reviewed. Carbon and nitrogen have a predominantly extra-lunar origin in lunar soils and breccias, while sulfur is mostly indigeneous to the moon. The lunar processes which effect the movement, distribution, and evolution of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur, along with the volatile alkali elements sodium, potassium, and rubidium during regolith processes are discussed. Possible mechanisms which may result in the addition to or loss from the moon of these volatile elements are considered.
Document ID
19750061693
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Gibson, E. K., Jr. (NASA Johnson Space Center Geochemistry Branch, Houston, Tex., United States)
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1975
Subject Category
LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other