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Experimental Petrology of Lunar Material: the Nature of Mascons, Seas, and the Lunar Interior

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Science  30 Jan 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3918, pp. 605-607
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3918.605


One-atmosphere melting data show that Apollo 11 samples are near cotectic. Melting relations at pressures up to 35 kilobars show that clinopyroxenite or amphibole peridotite are possible lunar interiors. Mascons cannot be eclogite; they may be ilmenite accumulate. Hot lunar surface material will boil off alkalis.

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