SEARCH FOR CORRELATABLE, ISOTOPICALLY LIGHT CARBON AND NITROGEN COMPONENTS IN LUNAR SOILS AND BRECCIAS.

S. J. Norris, P. K. Swart, I. P. Wright, M. M. Grady, C. T. Pillinger

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Abstract

Using stepped heating extraction techniques, determinations of carbon and nitrogen content and delta **1**3C and delta **1**5N values have been obtained for selected lunar soils and breccias. Only nitrogen data have been gathered for representative splits separated by size, density and magnetic properties from 12023. A plot of the total delta **1**3C (after terrestrial contamination is removed) versus delta **1**5N values for bulk samples reveals little evidence for a correlation between isotopically light carbon and isotopically light nitrogen of putative ancient solar wind origin. Soil 12023 is used to examine the current interpretation for the stepped release profile of nitrogen from bulk lunar samples. Mature agglutinates, postulated by previous workers to be the host of the light nitrogen, are shown to have a very constant delta **1**5N value which is heavy rather than light. The actual host of the light nitrogen in 12023 has not been identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationJournal of Geophysical Research
Pages200-210
Number of pages11
Volume88 Suppl
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983
Externally publishedYes
EventProc of the 14th Lunar and Planet Sci Conf - Houston, TX, USA
Duration: Mar 14 1983Mar 18 1983

Other

OtherProc of the 14th Lunar and Planet Sci Conf
CityHouston, TX, USA
Period3/14/833/18/83

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology

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    Norris, S. J., Swart, P. K., Wright, I. P., Grady, M. M., & Pillinger, C. T. (1983). SEARCH FOR CORRELATABLE, ISOTOPICALLY LIGHT CARBON AND NITROGEN COMPONENTS IN LUNAR SOILS AND BRECCIAS. In Journal of Geophysical Research (Vol. 88 Suppl, pp. 200-210)