Carbon Monoxide ‘Fire Fountains’ on the Moon

Volcanic “fire fountains” erupting from the lunar surface, similar to what occurs in Iceland today, most likely were fueled by carbon monoxide gas, a new study shows.

Taking advantage of new analysis techniques, scientists re-analyzed the contents of green and orange glass beads discovered in soil samples brought back from the moon by the Apollo 15 and Apollo 17 missions, which took place in the early 1970s.

“The lunar volcanic glasses are thought to be the product of fire-fountain eruptions, in which a jet of basaltic lava erupts through a vent, spattering droplets of lava that cool quickly to form glass,” Bruno Scaillet, with the University of Orleans in France, wrote in an article in this week’s Nature Geoscience.

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Source Credits: Irene Klotz in Discovery News

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