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No 182W evidence for early Moon formation

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Fig. 1: Effect of late accretion on the BSE’s µ182W.
Fig. 2: Calculated µ182W difference between the Moon and the BSE before late accretion as a function of the late-accreted mass added to the Moon.

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Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), Project-ID 263649064–TRR 170. This is TRR 170 publication no. 111.

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Kruijer, T.S., Archer, G.J. & Kleine, T. No 182W evidence for early Moon formation. Nat. Geosci. 14, 714–715 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-021-00820-2

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