Lunar mantle concentrations of VSEs—Constraints from samples

Mantle concentrations were defined by correlations between the VSEs and a refractory lithophile element (RLE) of comparable behavior during mantle melting (i.e., compatible or incompatible) in basalt and volcanic glass suites from differentiated bodies (28). Many lunar mantle melts (basalts and volcanic glasses) from the Apollo and lunar meteorite collections were analyzed and were used to reconstruct the mantle source concentrations of the VSEs using a known and comparable behavior of the VSEs and RLEs, which are unfractionated during melting and differentiation [e.g., (2934)] (see section S1 and figs. S1 and S2 for summary and data file S1 for full sample analyses and details).

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