Reflectance spectroscopy of plagioclase-dominated mineral mixtures : Implications for characterizing lunar anorthosites remotely †

@inproceedings{Cheek2014ReflectanceSO,
  title={Reflectance spectroscopy of plagioclase-dominated mineral mixtures : Implications for characterizing lunar anorthosites remotely †},
  author={Leah C. Cheek and Math Pieters},
  year={2014}
}
Anorthositic rocks dominate the Moon’s upper crust. As remnants of the lunar magma ocean (LMO), small variations in the mineralogy of these rocks may hold key information about the homogeneity of LMO composition and solidification processes. Orbital near-infrared (NIR) sensors are sensitive to mineralogy, but technologic advances have only recently enabled detection of the plagioclase component in crustal rocks based on an absorption band centered near 1250 nm. Anorthosites occupy a unique… CONTINUE READING

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