Volatile loss following cooling and accretion of the Moon revealed by chromium isotopes

24 Dec 2018 Sossi Paolo A. 1 and 2 Moynier Frédéric 1 and 2 van Zuilen Kirsten

Terrestrial and lunar rocks share chemical and isotopic similarities in refractory elements, suggestive of a common precursor. By contrast, the marked depletion of volatile elements in lunar rocks together with their enrichment in heavy isotopes compared to Earth s mantle suggests that the Moon underwent evaporative loss of volatiles... (read more)

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