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Extraterrestrial apatite; planetary geochemistry to astrobiology

Francis M. McCubbin and Rhian H. Jones
Extraterrestrial apatite; planetary geochemistry to astrobiology (in Apatite; a mineral for all seasons, Daniel E. Harlov (editor) and John F. Rakovan (editor))
Elements (June 2015) 11 (3): 183-188


The distribution and abundances of H (sub 2) O and other volatiles in our Solar System are of fundamental interest because of the important roles volatiles play in geological and biological processes. Apatite, Ca (sub 5) (PO (sub 4) ) (sub 3) (F,Cl,OH), is a ubiquitous accessory mineral and provides a consistent window into volatile abundances and processes across the Solar System and throughout its history. Consequently, the chemical composition of apatite can be used as a tool for exploring such diverse topics as the compositions and roles of the Solar System's earliest fluids on asteroids, the volatile abundances of planetary bodies, and the habitability of past environments (e.g. on Mars) for life as we know it.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 11
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Extraterrestrial apatite; planetary geochemistry to astrobiology
Title: Apatite; a mineral for all seasons
Author(s): McCubbin, Francis M.Jones, Rhian H.
Author(s): Harlov, Daniel E.editor
Author(s): Rakovan, John F.editor
Affiliation: University of New Mexico, Institute of Meteoritics, Albuquerque, NM, United States
Affiliation: GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
Pages: 183-188
Published: 201506
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 30
Accession Number: 2015-082173
Categories: Extraterrestrial geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: Miami University, USA, United States
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201535
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