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The role of reducing conditions in building Mercury

Camille Cartier and Bernard J. Wood
The role of reducing conditions in building Mercury
Elements (February 2019) 15 (1): 39-45


Extremely reducing conditions, such as those that prevailed during the accretion and differentiation of Mercury, change the "normal" pattern of behaviour of many chemical elements. Lithophile elements can become chalcophile, siderophile elements can become lithophile, and volatile elements can become refractory. In this context, unexpected elements, such as Si, are extracted to the core, while others (S, C) concentrate in the silicate portion of the planet, eventually leading to an exotic surface mineralogy. In this article, experimental, theoretical and cosmochemical arguments are applied to the understanding of how reducing conditions influenced Mercury, from the nature of its building blocks to the dynamics of its volcanism.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 15
Serial Issue: 1
Title: The role of reducing conditions in building Mercury
Affiliation: Universite de Lorraine, Centre de Recherches Petrographiques et Geochimiques, Nancy, France
Pages: 39-45
Published: 201902
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: 2019-026971
Categories: Extraterrestrial geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: University of Oxford, GBR, United Kingdom
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2019, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 2019
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