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Mercury’s Low Reflectance Material — Evidence for Graphite Flotation in a Magma Ocean?

Whitepaper #265 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: interior evolution and volcanism; Mercury and/or the Moon; solar system formation, dynamics processes, and chronology

Published onMar 18, 2021
Mercury’s Low Reflectance Material — Evidence for Graphite Flotation in a Magma Ocean?

Mercury’s low reflectance material (LRM), which may be remnant of a primordial crust, offers a scientifically compelling and unique opportunity to investigate the earliest stages of planetary evolution and crust formation. We recommend that in situ mineralogical measurements of Mercury’s LRM should be a scientific priority in the next decade.


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