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Cooking up the Moon in two steps

Compared to Earth, the Moon is depleted in volatile species like water, sodium and potassium. Simulations suggest that much of the Moon formed from hot, volatile-poor melt in a disk of debris after initially amassing cooler, volatile-rich melt.

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Figure 1: Making the Moon from a two-step recipe.


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