Moon is a natural satellite and Earth’s companion since ages. It has spurred its fascinating history towards the human kind as long as we remember. It is factually known that Moon was separated from Earth and our journeys there had yielded an evocative image of its components and its existence. Now a team of researchers from The University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences have done some research on the grey crust.
The team was refurbishing the magmatic melt that once blanketed the entire surface of the Moon, prior to it cooling and constituting its present crust. The team discovered that rugged surface we observe today originally formed as rock from invigorating segment of the magma ocean rose to the surface. The study revealed a new facet that could describe an elaborate prevalent question that has encompassed the Moon’s surface and the crust is constituted of only one mineral.
It yet remains unexplained that how a paucity of melange in the minerals discovered on the crust because the Moon was divided from Earth is rich in mineral diversity. The team theorizes that single mineral surface cannot be elucidated by the original crust formation and must be the outcome of some secondary occurrence.
Moon’s crust is formed primarily by a mineral called plagioclase. Around 98% of Moon’s crust is constituted of this mineral. Present hypothesis elucidates that due to plagioclase drifting to the surface of the magma ocean it has solidified from millions of years to form the Moon’s crust.