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Crystal accumulation in a 4.2 Ga lunar impact melt

Norman, Marc; Taylor, Lawrence A.; Shih, C.-Y; Nyquist, Lawrence


The ages of lunar impact basins and the role of fractional crystallization in producing compositional heterogeneity of lunar melt sheets are long-standing problems with significant implications for solar system dynamics and the petrologic evolution of the lunar crust. Here we document the formation of a basin-scale impact on the Moon at 4.20±0.07Ga based on the 147Sm-143Nd isochron age of a magnesian, noritic anorthosite melt rock from lunar breccia 67955. Major element compositions of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2015.09.021


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