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Micromorphology and Surface Characteristics of Lunar Dust and Breccia

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Science  30 Jan 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3918, pp. 776-778
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3918.776


Although nothing of direct biologic interest was observed in the sample studied, small shaped glass particles and glazed pits resemble objects which elsewhere have been described as fossils. These features, although nonbiological, do bear on processes of lunar weathering and outgassing. The glazed pits are impact features. Fusion of their surfaces released gases. Electron microscopy of the glasses, pits, and angular microfractured mineral grains indicates a prevalence of destructive weathering processes-thermal expansion and contraction, abrasion by by-passing particles, and, of course, impact. ous at room temperature.

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