Origin and Evolution of Water in the Moon’s Interior

Hauri, Erik H.; Saal, Alberto E.; Nakajima, Miki; Anand, Mahesh; Rutherford, Malcolm J.; Van Orman, James A. and Le Voyer, Marion (2017). Origin and Evolution of Water in the Moon’s Interior. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 45 pp. 89–111.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-earth-063016-020239


Nearly forty years after the return of the first lunar samples to Earth, improvements in laboratory detection limits made possible the first definitive discovery of magmatic water in lunar volcanic samples. The intervening decade has seen an exponential increase in the amount of data on the abundance of magmatic water, and its hydrogen isotope composition, in various rock types recovered from the Moon. Here we review these data and describe how the abundance of water in the lunar interior places important constraints on models for the high-temperature origin and evolution of the Moon.

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