Lunar "dunite", "pyroxenite" and "anorthosite"

Earth and Planetary Science Letters
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Abstract

Monomineralic aggregates of olivine, clinopyroxene, orthopyroxene and plagioclase with granoblastic textures are widespread minor constituents of Apollo 14 breccias. Recrystallization is commonly incomplete within these aggregates, leaving relict material that clearly indicates single-mineral-grain sources for the aggregates. The aggregates are not, therefore, properly characterized by igneous rock names, nor can any conclusions regarding differentiation be drawn from them. Average sizes of the aggregates indicate source rocks with grain sizes mostly larger than 1 to 5 mm, a few clasts of which occur in the breccias; the proportions of the different types of aggregates suggest dominantly feldspathic source rocks.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Lunar "dunite", "pyroxenite" and "anorthosite"
Series title Earth and Planetary Science Letters
DOI 10.1016/0012-821X(72)90158-6
Volume 16
Issue 3
Year Published 1972
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Description 5 p.
First page 396
Last page 400