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Trace Elements and Accessory Minerals in Lunar Samples

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Science  30 Jan 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3918, pp. 501-503
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3918.501


Halogen contents similar to those in meteorites are reported in Apollo 11 samples. Concentrations of 0.6 to 13 parts mercury, 0.2 to 0.8 part uranium, 1 to 17 parts lithium, and 1 to 800 parts osmium per million and 0.5 to 1 percent chromium oxide by weight have been measured. In contrast to meteorites and terrestrial rocks a large mercury release below 110°C is observed. Some implications of these results are presented. Fluorapatite, quartz, tridymite, fayalite, and iron-rich, manganese-poor pyroxmangite, previously unreported, have been identified. The small amount of fluorapatite found does not account for the fluorine contents.

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