Zirconium and hafnium, a geochemically coherent pair of elements, are strongly fractionated in lunar rocks, as evidenced by a wide range of Zr/Hf mass ratios from 12 for the anorthosite 60015,65A to 50 for the KREEP breccia 14321. This may be explained in part by selective reduction of Zr(4+) to Zr(3+) and exclusion of the Zr(3+) from early crystallized Fe-Ti minerals.
Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Proceedings
- Pub Date:
- April 1976
- Chemical Fractionation;
- Lunar Rocks;
- Lunar Maria;
- Lunar and Planetary Exploration