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Reconstructing the History of Lunar Volatiles

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Project "RESOLVE" data sheet

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Organization address
address: WALTON HALL
postcode: MK7 6AA

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2018-09-30


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1    THE OPEN UNIVERSITY UK (MILTON KEYNES) coordinator 183˙454.00


 Project objective

One of the most exciting recent discoveries in the field of Planetary Sciences has been the confirmation of the presence of water and other associated volatiles in the Moon. These findings have come via laboratory measurements of returned lunar samples exploiting the latest advancements in analytical instrumentation and in-situ techniques, such as secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). Not only has the latest research revolutionized our understanding of the abundance and distribution of volatiles on the lunar surface and in the lunar interior, but it has also highlighted potential roles of their different sources and processes imparting specific isotopic signatures to lunar volatiles.

RESOLVE aims at understanding how the abundance and the distribution of volatile components, as well as their isotopic composition are influenced by the crystal structure of the host mineral. The volatile-bearing minerals – primarily phosphates – respond to pressure increase caused by an impact event through modification of their crystal structures, resulting in not only redistribution of the volatile elements (e.g., H, Cl, F), but also of the stable (e.g., H, D, 37Cl) and radiogenic (e.g., 207Pb) isotopes. Therefore, phosphate minerals have the extraordinary potential to simultaneously provide an opportunity for precise age-determination of an impact event, as well as to track any associated modification in the indigenous isotopic signatures of their volatile components.

Once we better understand the crystal-chemical-isotopic behaviour of lunar volatiles by a multi-analytical approach combining in-situ elemental, stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry with structural characterization, we can then begin to discriminate between different sources (solar wind, cosmic radiation, etc.) of water and other associated volatiles. This allows us to address one of the remaining puzzles in the inner Solar System - the origin of water.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Cernok, Ana; White, Lee Francis; Darling, James; Dunlop, Joseph; Johnson, Diane and Anand, Mahesh (2017).
Microstructural shock features in Lunar Mg-suite accessory phases
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Shock metamorphism in terrestrial and extra-terrestrial rocks (Miljković, Katarina ed.), June 26th - July 2nd 2017, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. 2019-06-13
2017 Cernok, A.; Darling, J.; White, L.; Dunlop, J. and Anand, M. (2017).
Shock-Induced Texture in Lunar Mg-Suite Apatite and its Effect on Volatile Distribution
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5th European Lunar Symposium, 02 - 03 May 2017, Münster, Germany. 2019-06-13
2018 T. J. Barrett, A. ÄŒernok, M. Anand, I. A. Franchi and J. Darling
Linking volatiles and microstructures in apatite from eucrites
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LPI Contribution No. 2067 81st Annual Meeting of The Mete 2019-05-28
2018 A. ÄŒernok, X. Zhao, J. Darling, L. White, J.Dunlop, A. Stephant, I. A. Franchi and M. Anand.
Abundance and H isotopic composition of water in shocked lunar apatite
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European Lunar Symposium 2018 2019-05-28
2018 A. ÄŒernok, J. Darling, L. White, J.Dunlop, and M. Anand
Shock-induced microtextures in lunar apatite and merrillite.
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European Lunar Symposium 2018 2019-05-28
2017 Ana ÄŒernok, Lee Francis White, James Darling, Joseph Dunlop, Denis Fougerouse, William Rickard, Steven Reddy, David Saxey, Xuchao Zhao, Ian Franchi, and Mahesh Anand
Sub-µm structure and volatile distribution of shocked lunar apatite
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American Geophysical Union, New Orleans 2017 AGU 2017 2019-05-28
2018 Ioannis Baziotis, Paul D. Asimow, Jinping Hu, Ludovic Ferrière, Chi Ma, Ana Cernok, Mahesh Anand, Dan Topa
High pressure minerals in the Château-Renard (L6) ordinary chondrite: implications for collisions on its parent body
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-28191-6
Scientific Reports 8/1 2019-05-28
2018 C. R. Walton, A. ÄŒernok and M. Anand.
The formation and shock-history of phosphate minerals in Chelyabinsk (LL5)
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(LPI Contrib. No. 2067 81st Annual Meeting of the Mete 2019-05-28
2018 Darling J, Tait K, White L, Moser D, Kizovski T, ÄŒernok A & Dunlop J
The shocking state of Ca-phosphates in martian meteorites.
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Goldschmidt abstracts Goldschmidt conference 2018 2019-05-28
2018 Tait K, White L, Cernok A, Darling J & Moser D
Nanoscale Horizons in Apatite Geochemistry
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Goldschmidt Abstracts Goldschmidt conference 2019-05-28

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