Preferential Assimilation Due to Melt-rock Reaction in the Lunar Mantle : a Laboratory and Ophiolite Field Perspective

Introduction: Assimilation has been called upon in numerous occasions to explain various petrologic and geochemical observations of the igneous rocks on the Moon. A well known example is the assimilation of ilmenite-bearing late cumulates (and KREEP) to the low Ti primary magmas at shallow levels, that has been used to explain the high Ti magmas observed on… CONTINUE READING