Lunar geology and petrology

Introduction to lunar geology
Sample disk: lunar rock and soil samples
Thin sections Igneous rocks Mare basalts Olivine basalt
Low-Ti basalt
High-Ti basalt
Orange glass beads
Highland rocks Shocked norite
Anorthosite
Fragmental rocks Breccias Feldspathic breccia
Regolith breccia
Polymict breccia
Impact melt breccia
Regolith Highland regolith
Mare regolith
Reflected light images, all lithologies
See Meyer (1987) for details of these samples.

 

 

Over a period of several years I was able to borrow "Lunar Petrographic Thin Section Sets" from NASA, offered as part of their educational outreach program and available on loan from the Lunar Sample Curator. I used the sets in my undergraduate Petrology course, and for evening short courses for school teachers.  Among other things, the set includes 12 polished thin sections of lunar igneous rocks, breccias, and soil, and a cast plastic "sample disk" into which six lunar soil and rock samples are mounted. The photos in these web pages illustrate typical mineralogy and textures in these common lunar rocks and soils.

 

 

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Kurt Hollocher

Geology Department

Union College

Schenectady, NY 12308

U.S.A.