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Don’t judge the Moon’s interior by its cover

The Moon’s primordial solidification is believed to have produced a layer of dense ilmenite cumulates beneath the crust. Remnants of this layer have now been detected under the lunar nearside.

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Fig. 1: A numerical simulation of the mantle response to the South Pole–Aitken basin-forming impact showing the evolution of the ilmenite-bearing cumulate (IBC) layer.


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James, P.B. Don’t judge the Moon’s interior by its cover. Nat. Geosci. 17, 282–283 (2024).

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