Gnos, Edwin; Hofmann, Beda A.; Al-Kathiri, Ali; Lorenzetti, Silvio; Eugster, Otto; Whitehouse, Martin J.; Villa, Igor M.; Jull, A.J. Timothy; Eikenberg, Jost; Spettel, Bernhard; Krahenbuhl, Urs; Franchi, Ian A. and Greenwood, Richard C.
Pinpointing the source of a lunar meteorite: implications for the evolution of the moon.
Science, 305(5684) pp. 657–659.
The lunar meteorite Sayh al Uhaymir 169 consists of an impact melt breccia extremely enriched with potassium, rare earth elements, and phosphorus [thorium, 32.7 parts per million (ppm); uranium, 8.6 ppm; potassium oxide, 0.54 weight percent], and adherent regolith. The isotope systematics of the meteorite record four lunar impact events at 3909 ± 13 million years ago (Ma), 2800 Ma, 200 Ma, and <0.34 Ma, and collision with Earth sometime after 9.7 ± 1.3 thousand years ago. With these data, we can link the impact-melt breccia to Imbrium and pinpoint the source region of the meteorite to the Lalande impact crater.
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