The identity of lunar hydrolysable carbon

A. J T Jull*, G. Eglinton, C. T. Pillinger, G. M. Biggar, B. D. Batts

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Abstract

LUNAR soils treated with deuterated acid release a variety of deuterocarbon gases including CD4, C2D6, C2D 4, C2D2 and C3 species 1-3. We now suggest that the principal hydrolysable carbon phase in lunar samples is carbon in solid solution in body-centred cubic iron (α-Fe). The yield of deuterocarbons (excluding C2D2) from a lunar soil is probably a quantitative estimate of this carbon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)566-567
Number of pages2
JournalNature
Volume262
Issue number5569
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1976

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    Jull, A. J. T., Eglinton, G., Pillinger, C. T., Biggar, G. M., & Batts, B. D. (1976). The identity of lunar hydrolysable carbon. Nature, 262(5569), 566-567. https://doi.org/10.1038/262566a0