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Mineralogy of the last lunar basalts: Results from Clementine

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Mineralogy of the last lunar basalts: Results from Clementine; 2001; Article; Journal; Journal of Geophysical Research E: Planets; Staid, M. I.; Pieters, C. M.

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The last major phase of lunar volcanism produced extensive high-titanium mare deposits on the western nearside which remain unsampled by landing missions. The visible and near-infrared reflectance properties of these basalts are examined using Clementine multispectral images to better constrain their mineralogy. A much stronger 1 ??m ferrous absorption was observed for the western high-titanium basalts than within earlier maria, suggesting that these last major mare eruptions also may have been the most iron-rich. These western basalts also have a distinctly long-wavelength, 1 ??m ferrous absorption which was found to be similar for both surface soils and materials excavated from depth, supporting the interpretation of abundant olivine [...]

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