Native Cobalt from the Regolith of Mare Crisium


For the first time, high-purity native cobalt was detected in two preparations from a lunar regolith sample delivered by the Luna 24 automatic station. Presumably, it was formed during the condensation of a substance from an impact gas-plasma cloud. Previously, native cobalt of similar purity was observed only in products of low-temperature hydrothermal alteration of hyperbasites.

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This work was carried out within the framework of theme no. 0136–2019–0010 “Studies of the Composition and Structure of a Mineral Substance using High-Resolution Methods.”

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Mokhov, A.V., Gornostaeva, T.A., Kartashov, P.M. et al. Native Cobalt from the Regolith of Mare Crisium. Dokl. Earth Sc. 491, 224–226 (2020).

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  • native cobalt
  • lunar regolith
  • moon minerals
  • high temperature condensate
  • glass
  • TEM
  • EDS