Luna
01- The Stone Star
02- Miniature Earth
03- Lunar Features
04- Fission Theory
05- Capture / Co-accretion
06- Shoemaker's Ashes
07- Theia
08- Doomed Planet
09- Genesis Rocks
10- Green Glass
11- Volcanoes Of The Moon
12- Solar Wind
13- Terrestrial vs. Lunar
14- Earth Plume
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

10 - Green Glass

 

 

Green volcanic glasses, pebbles collected by the US Apollo missions in the late 1960's and early 1970's, are a good example of such rocks that contain crucial information about the Moon's formation.

One research team, from Brown University, the Carnegie Institution for Science, and Case Western Reserve University, used secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) technology to detect extremely minute quantities of water in glasses and minerals. "We developed a way to detect as little as five parts per million of water," said Erik Hauri, from the Carnegie Institution in Washington DC. "We were really surprised to find a whole lot more in these tiny glass beads, up to 46 parts per million."

   
Alan Lambert 2009