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Scientists Detect Earth-Equivalent Amount of Water Within the Moon - Scpg02. - 05-27-2011 09:05 PM

Scientists Detect Earth-Equivalent Amount of Water Within the Moon
    ScienceDaily (May 26, 2011) — There is water inside the moon -- so much, in fact, that in some places it rivals the amount of water found within Earth.

    The finding from a scientific team including Brown University comes from the first-ever measurements of water in lunar melt inclusions. Those measurements show that some parts of the lunar mantle have as much water as Earth's upper mantle.

    Lunar melt inclusions are tiny globules of molten rock trapped within crystals that are found in volcanic glass deposits formed during explosive eruptions. The new finding, published this week in Science Express, shows lunar magma water contents 100 times higher than previous studies have suggested.

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RE: Scientists Detect Earth-Equivalent Amount of Water Within the Moon - Richard111 - 05-28-2011 12:42 AM

Quote:"Water plays a critical role in determining the tectonic behavior of planetary surfaces, the melting point of planetary interiors and the location and eruptive style of planetary volcanoes," said Erik Hauri, a geochemist with the Carnegie Institution of Washington and lead author of the study.

No problem with the above statement, just the phrase " tectonic behavior of planetary surfaces," struck a chord, especially when I read they are going to re-evaluate the theory of the formation of the moon. Yeah, right!

Reading up the geological history of the formation of the earth you have to ask where did the missing continental stuff go? The continents are floating on the more dense mantle below. I am unable to accept they formed piece meal, the lighter molten elements would have covered the whole planet surface equally. Now there is a lot of continental crust missing, the space now occupied by the seas, bottom of the seas are basalt, not common on the continents except when produced by volcanic action. Re the Deccan Traps in India etc.

Apart from the strange similarity of moon rock to earth rock the moon is short on mass. The moon was also subject to the same meteoroid bombardment that delivered most of earth's surface water. The violence of the bombardment could easily have formed those fancy crystals.

I guess I'm paranoid. I no longer trust any "scientific" report and instantly ask what are they up to now?


RE: Scientists Detect Earth-Equivalent Amount of Water Within the Moon - Scpg02. - 05-28-2011 09:19 AM

(05-28-2011 12:42 AM)Richard111 Wrote:  I guess I'm paranoid. I no longer trust any "scientific" report and instantly ask what are they up to now?

Sad legacy for AGW.


RE: Scientists Detect Earth-Equivalent Amount of Water Within the Moon - Questioning_Climate - 05-29-2011 12:36 PM

Wasn't one of the reasons for crashing probes into the moon to see if there was any water? http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/40471