Pyroxferroite: Stability and X-ray Crystallography of Synthetic Ca0.15Fe0.85SiO3 Pyroxenoid

  title={Pyroxferroite: Stability and X-ray Crystallography of Synthetic Ca0.15Fe0.85SiO3 Pyroxenoid},
  author={Donald H. Lindsley and Charles W. Burnham},
  pages={364 - 367}
Synthetic Ca0.15Fe0.85SiO3 pyroxenoid has the same (pyroxmangite) structure and very nearly the same composition as pyroxferroite, a new mineral found in Apollo 11 lunar samples. The synthetic material is not stable below pressures of approximately 10 kilobars. It appears likely that the lunar pyroxferroite has persisted in a metastable state for some billions of years. 
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