Breccias from the Lunar Highlands: Preliminary Petrographic Report on Apollo 16 Samples 60017 and 63335

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Science  05 Jan 1973:
Vol. 179, Issue 4068, pp. 71-74
DOI: 10.1126/science.179.4068.71


Lunar samples 60017,4 and 63335,14 are composed of microbreccias and devitrified glass. These components are predominantly anorthositic, with the exception of a cryptocrystalline clast found in the microbreccia portion of 63335,14 which contains 2.7 percent potassium oxide and 66.7 percent silicon dioxide. The samples have been subjected to extreme shock and thermal metamorphism. The parent materials of the microbreccias include both a coarse-grained anorthosite and a fine-grained subophitic anorthositic gabbro.